A 25-year-old Hong Kong woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday after she was caught attempting to smuggle meth hidden in traditional Chinese statuettes into New Zealand, Xinhua reports.
Customs officers detected 993 grams of methamphetamine worth around 1 million NZD (854,117 USD) stashed in a 30-centimeter-high figurine of a traditional Chinese warrior on January 3, according to a statement from the New Zealand Customs Service.
Investigations linked the package to Ka Po Ching, who’d arrived in New Zealand in December 2013. She’d been linked to other importations as well, according to customs manager Maurice O’Brien.
She added that drug syndicates commonly recruit and pay for young people from overseas to stay in New Zealand and receive the illicit drugs, then redeliver them.
Ching, who was tried at the Auckland District Court, will also serve at least four years on parole before being deported from the country.
Add traditional Chinese art to the list of things that don’t work for smuggling illicit goods into another country, along with kayaks, underwear and anuses.
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