Drug courier jailed

Some of the cocaine seized in the bust. - Photo: NZ Customs Service

A drug courier who tried to smuggle a million dollars’ worth of cocaine into the country in the lining of his suitcases has been jailed for more than eight years.

Portugese national Helder Soares Gomez, 47, tried to pass through customs at Auckland Airport in October with 2.6 kilograms of the class A drug hidden in the lining of two suitcases.

The cocaine had a street value of up to $1.2 million.

Customs investigations manager Bruce Berry says it was "not a particularly sophisticated concealment".

"Thorough examination by Customs officers at the airport led to the seizure, and this man will now spend considerable time in jail."

Gomez will be deported after serving his sentence.

Customs says it had arrested three other cocaine couriers at Auckland Airport in the past four months.



There are no comments on this article.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to make a comment. Login Now
Opinion Poll

Do you think the rise in tax will deter people from smoking?

Yes, it will be too expensive.
No, if people want to smoke, they will find a way to pay for it.
Depends on the person's available income.