15 Sep 2017

Synthetic drug compound worth $1.5m seized

3:10 pm on 15 September 2017

Police and customs have seized 3kg of the potentially lethal synthetic drug compound AMB-fubinaca - with a final street value of $1.5 million.

Some of the synthetic drug ingredients that were seized in August.

Some of the synthetic drug ingredients that were seized in August. Photo: NZ Police

The coroner is investigating 20 possible deaths as a result of the compound, a synthetic substance manufactured to be similar to cannabis.

Police said they found 11kg of synthetic drugs, and 1kg of AMB-fubinaca at a storage unit in Rodney.

Customs found a further 2kg of the raw compound.

Police said the 3kg could be used to make 150kg of synthetic drugs, approximately 75,000 doses, with a street value of about $1.5m.

A person has been arrested in connection with the discovery.

Some of the synthetic drug ingredients that were seized in August.

Photo: Supplied

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