35 kg Mexican cocaine hidden in horse head sculpture seized in New Zealand
Had a hard time seeing the horse in this photo, looks distorted, but guess that the thing that looks like an eyeball isn't really an eye (maybe a bit?) and the real eye is under the light brown wave and can't be clearly seen. I think.
MEXICO CITY (proceso.com.mx) .- The office and the New Zealand Police seized a shipment of cocaine from Mexico with a value estimated at USD $10 million dollars (about 183 million pesos).
The drug was hidden in a statue in the form of horse head with embedded diamonds, which contained a total of 35 kilograms of the drug.
According to the website BBC Mundo , citing the New Zealand Police, this is the largest seizure of cocaine in that country.
A Mexican man of 44 years and American of 56 years were arrested at Auckland International Airport. Both were taken to the Manukau District Court. The men, who were heading to Hawaii, were charged with importing drugs classification A.
Another Mexican, 29 years, was arrested in Christchurch and was accused of the same charges.
The authorities disclosed that other arrests were made.
After these arrests, authorities raided a house in Auckland.
New Zealand law punishes the importation of class A drugs with life imprisonment.
The New Zealand Police said that in early May, the sculpture horse head weighing about 360 kilos caught the attention of customs officials.
Authorities have not determined if the final destination of the drug was New Zealand and the east coast of Australia, as suspected researcher Chris Wilkins of Massey University.
According to the press portal of the BBC, Detective Colin Parmenter, who is in charge of the case in the Department of Organized Crime Auckland, explained that previously had been seized some quantities of the drug, but the latter seizure "is obviously a extremely large amount of cocaine. "
He said the average weight of previous seizures of drugs was 250 grams while this seizure was 35 kilos.
The head of the Organized Crime Unit, Virginia Le Bas, told AFP that investigators are trying to determine what the final destination of the drug shipment was to be.