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Organised crime group face raft of meth, cannabis charges

Author
Miriam Burrell, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 17 Nov 2021, 10:17am
At least 15 people are appearing at Auckland District Court after a police crackdown on organised crime. (Photo / NZME)
At least 15 people are appearing at Auckland District Court after a police crackdown on organised crime. (Photo / NZME)

Organised crime group face raft of meth, cannabis charges

Author
Miriam Burrell, NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Wed, 17 Nov 2021, 10:17am

More than a dozen people are due to appear in court today after a major police international drug bust and crackdown on organised crime. 

At least 15 men and women are jointly charged with importing hundreds of kilograms of methamphetamine into New Zealand from Malaysia and the United States on multiple occasions this year. 

The charges they face include participating in an organised crime group, importing and conspiring to import and supplying and possessing the class A drug a number of times in Auckland between January and November this year. 

A number of people from the alleged organised crime group have been charged with the import, possession and supply of at least 118kg methamphetamine from Malaysia, at Auckland on July 31 - and similairly 113kg on June 9. 

Nine people have been charged with conspiring to import 200kg of methamphetamine from Malaysia between October 19 and 25 at Auckland. 

They are also accused of conspiring to import a "commercial quantity" of the drug from Malaysia in April and May. 

One man also faces a charge of selling "at least 100 pounds" worth of cannabis between December 2020 and this month. 

Some charges hold a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. 

The group is scheduled to appear in Auckland District Court this morning.