11 Apr 2014

Taiwan visitors charged after drug find

7:14 pm on 11 April 2014

Police say the seizure of one of the biggest drug hauls in recent years is a first from Taiwan.

In March, Customs officers at Auckland Airport found more than 11kg of methamphetamine hidden in five metal boxes addressed to a central Auckland business and valued at $11 million.

Police say three men and one woman who are Taiwanese visitors appeared in an Auckland court on Thursday charged with drug importation and supply charges.

Detective Senior Sergeant Lloyd Schmid told Radio New Zealand's Checkpoint programme on Friday that police have not had finds of this size from Taiwan before.

"We have had similar seizures out of China, out of Hong Kong, but this is the first one that I can recall from Taiwan."

Mr Schmid said it is likely that a local distributor was getting ready to receive the drugs, but that is not yet confirmed.