NZ: Port of Tauranga cocaine bust: Customs finds 26kg in shipping container after security incident

Customs has seized about 26kg of cocaine with a street value estimated at nearly $12 million after an alleged early-morning attempted break-in at the Port of Tauranga.

In a written statement, NZ Customs today said Port of Tauranga security staff contacted police over the weekend of September 16 and 17 after signs indicating a break-in were detected.

Customs said officers searched 36 containers over those two days that were destined for various parts of New Zealand, both in Tauranga and Auckland.

“During one search a quantity of plastic-wrapped ‘bricks’ inside the refrigeration unit of a refrigerated shipping container was found, and later confirmed to be cocaine,” the statement said.


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