New Zealand just made its biggest ever cocaine bust after finding $10 million worth of the drug stashed inside this diamante-encrusted sculpture of a horse’s head.
Police officers and customs officials seized the artwork, which weighed 880 pounds, shortly after it was freighted into the country from Mexico last May. When they opened it up, they were shocked to find 35 bricks of high-grade cocaine inside. Detective Senior Sergeant Colin Parmenter, from the Organised Crime Auckland squad, said,
“This is obviously an extremely large amount of cocaine, and in the past we’ve only found very small amounts of this drug.”
Three men have been arrested in connection with the plot. A 56-year-old U.S. national and a 44-year-old Mexican national were detained at Auckland International Airport, just as they were about to catch a flight to Hawaii, last Friday.
A 29-year-old Mexican national was arrested in Christchurch shortly after. He is scheduled to appear at Christchurch District Court on Monday on the same charges. If convicted of importation, all three men could face life in prison.
(T/Y Tad; via HuffPost)