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This description was last updated on: Thursday, 30 March 2017 .

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​Customs has arrested and charged three foreign nationals after locating 5 kilograms of MDMA, worth $2.1 million, hidden in the lining of their luggage. They appeared in the Christchurch District Court today.

Couple in custody for multiple meth packages

Date created: Thursday, 06 April 2017

​​A young Vietnamese couple appeared in the Auckland District Court today, facing multiple charges after Customs connected them to methamphetamine packages sent from Canada. Both remain in custody and are due to reappear in court on 2 May.

Brazilian passenger arrested for $3.2 million cocaine

Date created: Tuesday, 04 April 2017

​​A Brazilian woman is spending her 29th birthday in New Zealand prison today, after Customs arrested her at Auckland Airport on Sunday for 4.6 kilograms cocaine smuggled in her luggage. She is due to appear in the Manukau District Court on Friday (7 April).

Completed Trade Single Window now in place

Date created: Thursday, 30 March 2017

​​The completed Trade Single Window (TSW) has been successfully deployed and is now available to the import/export industry to use.

The e-commerce platform for trade, which has been part of the Customs and Ministry for Primary Industries $104.1 million Joint Border Management System programme, will allow all border requirements for goods and craft to be met in one place instead of many.

A Hong Kong man received a sentence of 10 years and 5 months’ imprisonment today in the Auckland District court for importing two kilograms of methamphetamine, worth approximately $2 million on the street, disguised as chicken stock powder.

Coin seals patrol vessel’s good fortune

Date created: Wednesday, 22 March 2017
​​A traditional coin ceremony held with Q-West boat builders in Wanganui yesterday (21 March 2017) put Customs’ official seal on the powerhouse of its new patrol vessel Hawk V

​Four individuals are due in court in Auckland today (15 March 2017) charged with a range of offences relating to the supply of methamphetamine and the possession of equipment with intent to manufacture a controlled drug (methamphetamine).

Customs stops 1.2 tonnes of methamphetamine

Date created: Tuesday, 28 February 2017

​​Customs’ statistics show just over 413 kilograms of methamphetamine and almost 1.1 tonnes of its precursors, with a potential meth yield of up to 809 kilograms, were seized at our border in 2016. This adds up to $1.2 billion worth of meth that has been kept off New Zealand’s streets.

Tobacco fraudster jailed

Date created: Tuesday, 28 February 2017

​Company Director, Amar Raouf Shakib, was today sentenced in the Auckland District Court to three years, four months’ jail after being found guilty on 43 fraud charges, including forgery, conspiracy, defrauding the revenue of Customs and false accounting.

Customs cracks down on child exploitation

Date created: Friday, 17 February 2017
Customs’ crackdown on child exploitation has resulted in four separate arrests of passengers carrying objectionable images and New Zealanders caught online.  

Hanging up the harness - Detector Jerry retires

Date created: Thursday, 16 February 2017

​Another one of our talented detector dogs has stepped down from his role at the border this week. 

Pawsing from the frontline - Detector Dog Indy retires

Date created: Monday, 13 February 2017
After a stellar six years on the job for Customs, detector dog Indy is taking it down a notch as she heads into retirement on 13 February.

​A long-running Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation supported by the New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS), Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ), the Fijian Transnational Crime Unit, French Polynesian authorities and Australian Border Force (ABF) has resulted in the seizure of more than 1.4 tonnes of cocaine.

Peak passenger volumes during the holidays has not stopped Customs officers from catching drug couriers, with three arrests marking the start of 2017. 

Savvy sniffers boost protection at NZ border and prisons

Date created: Thursday, 08 December 2016

​For Corrections, this course was the first to use a new dog training area at the National Learning Centre, as well as facilities at the Police Dog Training Centre.

Advice to travellers – medicinal cannabis

Date created: Wednesday, 07 December 2016

​The Ministry of Health and the New Zealand Customs Service are providing updated information which may be of interest to travellers arriving from the United States. This information will impact on travellers possessing cannabis-based products which have been supplied in the United States, and are intended for medical use.

Team established to pinpoint border risk

Date created: Monday, 05 December 2016

​​New intelligence tools will help Customs catch more methamphetamine smugglers and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) keep biosecurity pests offshore.

​A 20-year-old Hong Kong national appeared in the Auckland District Court this morning on a charge relating to his role in attempting to smuggle an estimated 176 kilograms of methamphetamine, with a potential street value of $176 million, into New Zealand.

​A 26-year-old Canadian man has been arrested at Auckland International Airport today and charged in relation to the importation of $8 million worth of ‘P’.

​Counties Manukau Police have arrested and charged three people for importing methamphetamine following a joint operation with Customs.

Man jailed for importing precursors for $8M worth of 'P'

Date created: Thursday, 15 September 2016

​A 32-year-old man was sentenced to 5 years’ imprisonment in the Auckland District Court yesterday for importing over 12 kilograms of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine, precursors to manufacture ‘P’.

Latvian traveller jailed for smuggling P in baby carriers

Date created: Wednesday, 14 September 2016
​A 20-year-old Latvian man was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for importing and possessing methamphetamine or ‘P’ in his suitcase. 

Visitor jailed for $1.9 million precursor packages

Date created: Friday, 09 September 2016

​A 31-year-old Chinese man has been sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment for attempting to import multiple packages of ephedrine - a precursor to methamphetamine - hidden in hand warmers, ashtrays and belts.

Taiwanese man jailed for 'P'-lined suitcases

Date created: Tuesday, 16 August 2016

​A 21-year-old Taiwanese drug courier has been sentenced to 11 years 6 months’ imprisonment for his role in attempting to smuggle methamphetamine or ‘P’ with a street value of approximately $9.5 million found hidden in the lining of suitcases.

Woman jailed for $1 million ‘P’ in pork cans

Date created: Monday, 08 August 2016

​A Hong Kong woman was today sentenced to nine years and three months’ imprisonment for smuggling $1 million worth of methamphetamine or ‘P’ mailed to her in pork cans.