8 Nov 2017

Two more arrested in cocaine seizure case

5:53 pm on 8 November 2017

The police have uncovered a sophisticated money laundering operation connected with the seizure of 46 kilograms of cocaine in Tauranga last week, they say.

The Maersk Antares at the Bridge Marina Pier A in Tauranga.

The Maersk Antares at the Bridge Marina Pier A in Tauranga. Photo: Andrew Campbell.

The cocaine, with a street value of about $20 million, was smuggled on a commercial ship.

Officers arrested two Aucklanders today and charged them with laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars.

They also seized a car, a motorbike, electronic equipment, thousands of dollars in cash and a money counting machine.

Last week two Australians, a Croatian and a Serbian were charged with importing cocaine and possessing the drug for supply.

The two Aucklanders will appear in the Auckland District Court on 14 November.