$20 million cocaine delivered to Tauranga by container ship

Four persons were arrested in Tauranga NZ after they took a shipment of cocaine from hidden compartment on the exterior of the hull at night Oct 31, say NZ media. Customs and Police investigated drug criminal ring for 5 months, and were expecting this cocaine shipment. An estimated 46 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of around NZ$20 million ($450 per gram), was seized from an address in Tauranga early Nov 1. The ship arrived from Chile late 31 October, and the syndicate approached the vessel under the cover of darkness, retrieving the cocaine from a hidden compartment on the exterior of the hull, to take it to their home. Vessel which carried drugs was according to videos, MAERSK ANTARES, she and her crew obviously weren’t involved in drug trafficking, vessel left Tauranga on Nov 1, bound for HK.

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