Drug smugglers arrested at Auckland Airport

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Three drug couriers carrying a total of 12kg of ecstasy crystal with an estimated street value of up to $5 million have been arrested at Auckland Airport.

Scientists will begin testing wastewater from communities across New Zealand to find hotbeds of P, heroin, cocaine, ecstacy and bath salts.

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The three foreign nationals, all 24-years-old, were arrested on arrival from Singapore last week, Customs says. The drugs were found hidden in false-bottom suitcases.

The three men are scheduled to reappear in the Manukau District Court on January 27.

They face drugs charges with a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.

Drug couriers may be trying to get through airports in the busy holiday season but x-ray equipment helped catch them.

New Zealand's price for MDMA is amongst the highest in the world, making it an attractive market for criminals, Customs says.

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