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Man stuffs $60 million worth of illegal drugs into children’s toys

By Mason White 10:17 AM October 28, 2015
Children’s toys stuffed with drugs 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of importing a class B controlled drug after allegedly stuffing millions of dollars worth in illegal drugs into children’s toys, police in New Zealand said.

Auckland police said that the 25-year-old man was arrested following a joint investigation between the Organised Financial Crime unit (OFCANZ) and Customs that focused on targeting the supply of ephedrine in the country.

Customs officials received information that a large shipment of the drug had been concealed in pallets of plastic toys in a shipping container that had been sent from China.

Ephedrine is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

The plastic toys were each stuffed with the drug, which had the potential to produce more than 60 kilograms of meth, with a street value of up to $60 million.

“This is a huge amount that had the potential to cause serious social harm to our community,” Detective Inspector Bruce Good said.

The 25-year-old man has been charged with importing a class B controlled drug and will appear before a judge at the Auckland District Court.