Four hundred kilograms of illegal drugs estimated to be worth around fifty million dollars have been destroyed in a Customs drug disposal operation, marking International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
The truckload of drugs destroyed in yesterday’s operation included methamphetamine and its precursors, cocaine, GBL, ecstasy, cannabis, white powder psychoactive substances, and synthetic cannabinoids.
Customs Manager Investigations Maurice O’Brien says drug abuse and illicit trafficking is a global problem and Customs is helping to stem the illicit trade by interrupting the supply chain in New Zealand and working with overseas enforcement agencies.
Customs uses a range of methods to profile, intercept, and seize illegal drugs, such as x-ray, a collaborative intelligence-led approach, profiling for risks, electronic testing apparatus, and detector dogs.
“The vigilance and expertise of our people, and collaboration with other border agencies, both here and abroad, are paying great dividends.”
Criminal networks have become more and more sophisticated in their efforts to conceal prohibited substances. Recent examples are shoes, a mini laptop desk, pillows, the lining of jackets, ornaments and statues, cosmetic bottles, tea bag sachets, and a toy trumpet.
“The illicit drug market, like any other, is driven by demand and supply. The demand will continue to see criminal networks attempting to smuggle drugs across New Zealand’s border and that is the challenge we are responding to,” says Mr O’Brien.