30 Aug 2013

Fish smuggler caught with wet pockets

7:35 pm on 30 August 2013

A Vietnamese national has been charged under the Biosecurity Act after being caught trying to smuggle live tropical fish into New Zealand in his trouser pockets.

The Ministry of Primary Industries says Customs officials noticed water dripping from the man's pockets when he arrived at Auckland airport from Australia this week.

When asked to empty his pockets, the man revealed two plastic bags containing water and seven live fish.

The man said he was bringing the fish into the country for a friend.