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Meth disguised as moist towelettes in New Zealand

UPI, December 9, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Authorities in New Zealand announced they seized a haul of imported moist towelettes that were found to be soaked in about a gallon of liquid meth.

Wellington Police and the New Zealand Customs Service announced a joint investigation dubbed Operation Gravity resulted in the seizure of about one gallon of liquid methamphetamine that was disguised using packets of Tesco-branded moist towelettes.

Investigators said two Taiwanese nationals, a 28-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man, were arrested and charged with importation of a Class A Controlled Drug and conspiracy to supply a Class A Controlled Drug.

"Due to excellent profiling at the border by New Zealand Customs we detected this offending and were able to commence an investigation that has led to these arrests," said Detective Senior Sgt. Tim Leitch, head of the Wellington Drugs and Organized Crime team.

"Though the Methamphetamine was concealed in a way to try and avoid law enforcement, NZ Customs have again shown that through vigilance and having quality systems in place significant seizures can be made. This is helping to keep New Zealanders safe.

The harm and misery Methamphetamine causes to our community is immense and our enforcement agencies are committed to targeting those high level importers and hold them to account. The targeting of these people reduces the many victims that are affected by this illicit substance.

Over the next few weeks we will be undertaking enquiries to identify any others involved in the importation including working closely with our international partners.

"To those contemplating this type of activity I can strongly advise that both the New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs are on high alert and deploying resources into this area as part of our prevention first strategy. Importing and supplying Methamphetamine are life imprisonment offences which clearly reflect the seriousness of this offending."