Two men have been arrested in Christchurch after 49 kilograms of methamphetamine ‑ worth NZD$50 million ‑ was smuggled into NZ in a shipment of safety lights.
Police said the drugs arrived in Christchurch in an airfreight consignment from Mexico on 1 November.
The drugs were hidden in a shipment of safety lights in 40 separate packages weighing 1‑1.2kg each.
Police said the exact weight of the product was still to be determined but said it was the largest‑ever seizure of methamphetamine in the South Island.
Two Christchurch men ‑ aged 25 and 31 ‑ were arrested after several search warrants were carried out in Christchurch and Auckland.
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