21 Mar 2014

Drugs smuggled in as beauty products

3:17 pm on 21 March 2014

Authorities have found more than $3 million worth of methamphetamine being smuggled into New Zealand hidden in skincare and shampoo containers.

Customs staff found a number of the bottles at the International Mail Centre in Auckland earlier in March and say the drugs were cleverly concealed.

Along with police they launched a surveillance operation, and found a second consignment.

In total, 3.3kg of methamphetamine have been seized with a street value of up to $3.3 million.

On Friday, a 39-year-old New Zealand citizen appeared in Manukau District Court charged with a number of drug-related offences.

Two Chinese nationals also face a range of drug charges.