Cocaine ‘cartel’: Eight arrests after police raids

Eight people have been arrested after a joint New Zealand police and Customs operation allegedly disrupted plans to import hundreds of kilograms of cocaine into the country via Mexico.

Police carried out a number of search warrants this morning on 11 properties throughout the Auckland, Bay of Plenty and Northland regions.

The operation, run by the National Organised Crime Group (NOCG), has targeted key players of a drug syndicate operating in New Zealand with links to a Mexican cartel.

It’s alleged those involved conspired to import a large quantity of cocaine and methamphetamine into New Zealand via shipping containers.

It’s also alleged some of the group imported a smaller quantity of cocaine from their central American contacts by courier mail to sell and distribute in New Zealand.

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