Methamphetamine worth $100m would have been on New Zealand's streets had it not been intercepted last night, police have revealed.
The haul of T-boc methamphetamine, which was labelled as dishwashing liquid, is a substance chemically masked to stop it from being detected which can then be converted back to meth.
Police say it's hard to know the demand for meth, but they're determined to stop the supply chain.
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Detective Superintendent Dave Lynch told reporters today that it was the first time authorities were aware that T-boc had entered the country.
"When it arrives in New Zealand it isn't actually meth," he said.
Four men have been charged with importing meth in a liquid form that if converted had a street value of $100m.
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"It is not actually a controlled substance and that's the challenge we have and why we can't be complacent."
The shipment, which if undetected could have made 120 kilograms of meth, originated via Hong Kong from China.
Mr Lynch said importing meth as T-boc was a "fairly new method".
The investigation into the drug bust commenced last December.
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Four people have been arrested and charged over a range of offences.
The first has appeared in the Auckland District Court today and the others are expected to follow shortly.
Yeun Cheung Chan has been remanded in custody on charges of conspiring with two others to manufacture meth, possession of equipment capable of being used to manufacture meth and possession of t-boc methamphetamine which is capable of being used to manufacture meth.
Mr Chan is a 42-year-old sales person of no fixed abode.
A second man has been remanded in custody on three charges relating to the large seizure of T-BOC methamphetamine.
Shui Tong Wong, a 59-year-old unemployed man, is facing three charges relating to the importation and storage of the class a substance which was disguised as dish washing liquid.
Police and customs last night searched residential and commercial properties in Lynfield, Waitakere, Newmarket, Epsom, Avondale and New Lynn.
It is alleged by police that a cargo consignment containing an estimated 160 litres of t-boc methamphetamine was imported from Hong Kong on 28 January 2017.