New Zealand record cocaine seizure in horse’s head

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(BBC) New Zealand police say they have made their biggest ever seizure of cocaine, hidden inside a novel kind of drug mule.

They intercepted the US$10m (£7.6m) worth of cocaine inside a huge diamante-encrusted statue of a horse’s head.

The shipment of 35kg (77lb) bricks was air-freighted from Mexico to the city of Auckland in May. An American and two Mexicans were arrested over the weekend following a six-week investigation.

The horse’s head weighed 365kg and was 1m (3ft) tall, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Horse's head - handout obtained 3 July

Some of the shipment was believed to be destined for Christchurch (AFP photo)

“This is a significant win for New Zealand,” said Det Supt Virginia Le Bas. “We should proud to have detected it at the earliest of stages.”

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