8 years jail for Brazilian cocaine smuggler, Kiwi man gets 5 months’ jail for meth in pocket, and Canadian man arrested for $4.8m meth candles
A 29-year-old Brazilian woman was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court yesterday, for attempting to smuggle 4.6 kilograms of cocaine in her luggage.
Evelin Stemposki arrived at Auckland Airport in April from Brazil via Chile. Upon arrival, she told Customs officers she was starting a language course the next day. However, questioning and baggage x-rays led to the discovery of 4.6 kilograms of cocaine in false bottoms of both her suitcases, with a potential street value of up to $NZ3.2 million.
A 50-year-old New Zealand man was sentenced to five months’ imprisonment in the Wellington District Court for bringing 1.5 grams of methamphetamine through the airport earlier this year.
On 22 March 2017, Dean Rickerby arrived at Wellington Airport from Sydney after spending the last 10 years living in Australia. During a personal search he took out a small packet from his pocket and, after failing to hide it, tried to swallow it. He was made to spit it out and arrested. The packet contained a total of 1.45 grams of meth.
Customs investigators arrested a 36-year-old Canadian man for 4.8 kilograms of methamphetamine found hidden inside a consignment of candles.
On Tuesday (6 June 2017), Customs officers at the International Mail Centre intercepted a package of “home accessories” sent from Canada. Examination located approximately 4.8 kilograms of meth, worth a street value of up to $4.8 million.
Investigators connected the consignment with the individual, and a search warrant was carried out in central Auckland this morning where the man was arrested.