6 Sep 2009

Customs intercepts 46kg of P ingredient

2:51 pm on 6 September 2009

Customs officers in Auckland have intercepted 46 kilograms of the main ingredient used to make methampthetamine, or P.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with the seizure of pseudoephedrine, with an eventual street value of about $7 million, in shipments of Chinese cold and flu medicine. Customs officers made 26 seizures in the past fortnight.

Customs drug investigations manager Bruce Berry says pseudoephedrine is being hidden in granules, capsules and made into paste that is put inside biscuits, and is being picked up at the rate of about two interceptions a day.

The methods of concealing the medicine have more usually been seen in attempts to traffic heroin and cocaine, he says.

Mr Berry says the Customs Service has seized over 706kg of pseudoephedrine this year.