$17m worth of meth seized by NZ cops in Bandidos bikie gang bust
Around 17 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of $17 million has been seized following a joint investigation by Counties Manukau Police and Customs, it has been revealed.
Operation Cossack was a seven-month joint operation into the alleged importing of methamphetamine by a member of the Thailand Chapter of the Bandidos Motor Cycle Gang.
Methamphetamine seized in the Bandidos bust.
Source: NZ Police
Along with the drugs, $150,000 of recently purchased jewellery and $200,000 cash were also recovered.
The drugs were destined for the New Zealand market, said Detective Senior Sergeant Albie Alexander of the Counties Manukau Organised Crime Unit.
"The seizure of such a substantial amount sends a clear picture that police will continue to work with our partner agencies to disrupt the supply chain and reduce the harm caused by this drug," he said.
Three men aged 54, 31 and 28 have appeared in the Manukau District Court and will next appear in October.
They have been charged with importing methamphetamine, supplying methamphetamine and money laundering.
Police say they cannot rule out further charges.