The 448kg (Methamphetamine) haul is the largest ever seized in New Zealand. File photo/ AFP
New Zealand police say they have arrested two British men after finding a huge stash of methamphetamine in an Auckland apartment that would have been worth tens of millions of dollars if sold on the street.
Police say they've been targeting a foreign criminal organization working in New Zealand as part of what they're calling Operation Essex.
Police said on Friday they searched the apartment last week and found plastic storage containers filled with 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of meth with a street value of 144 million New Zealand dollars ($93 million).
Detective Inspector Paul Newman told reporters they arrested a 60-year-old man at the apartment and a 49-year-old man at Auckland Airport. Both men remain in jail and have been charged with possessing methamphetamine with intent to supply.
New Zealand authorities said on Friday they found more than a half ton of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of 60 electric motors from Thailand.
The man made his first court appearance on Saturday and was charged with murder, aggravated robbery and threatening to kill. Police arrested him late on Friday after an all-day manhunt.
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