27 Oct 2015

Man charged over P precursor bust

12:10 pm on 27 October 2015

A man has been charged with smuggling $10 million worth of drugs after thousands of plastic toys stuffed with a component for making P were stopped on their way to Auckland.

Bags of methamphetamine

About 150g of the drug was discovered. Photo: NZ POLICE

The 25-year-old was arrested on Friday following a crackdown by police and customs on the supply of the class B drug ephedrine to the region.

Police said the drug was hidden inside pallets of plastic toys in a shipping container from China.

They said the total quantity could have been used to produce more than 60 kilograms of methamphetamine, with a street value of $60 million.

The man has been charged with importing a class B controlled drug and will appear at the Auckland District Court today.

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