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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    A big haul of a rarely seen class A drug detected at Auckland Mail Centre was among five significant drug seizure made by Customs this month.


    In Blenheim, Christchurch-based officers arrested a 21-year-old man after mail - bound for Blenheim and containing the rarely seen class A controlled drug dimethylltryphamine (DMT) - was detected at the mail centre in Auckland.

    The package contained 18kg of DMT, which was similar to LSD, said a Customs spokeswoman.

    Previously small interceptions had been noted in New Zealand, however this was the largest on record.

    "DMT is a psychedelic drug where people react very differently to its use depending on the amount consumed and its purity," the spokeswoman said.

    "This poses a real risk to health."

    A joint operation between Customs and the police led to a search of the property the package was addressed to. Customs officers arrested the man who had been charged with importation of a class A controlled drug.

    Customs could not immediately put a street value on the seized drug, because it was not common here and there was nothing to benchmark it against.

    Yesterday Customs officers in Wellington arrested a 34-year-old man after they became suspicious of two packages arriving from the United States.

    The packages contained 1.2 litres of the class B controlled drug gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), smuggled in nail polish bottles.

    The abuse of GBL is widespread throughout New Zealand and is particularly popular in both the night club and party scene as it produces feelings of sedation and euphoria.

    The spokeswoman said it was also known as a "date rape" drug because it could render a victim unconscious and produce memory loss. An overdose could cause nausea, vomiting, convulsions, coma, and death.

    The man faces two charges of importation of a class B controlled drug, which carry a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment.

    On Monday, in a joint Customs and police operation, a 39-year-old man was arrested in Whangarei after Customs officers intercepted a package from the United Kingdom in Auckland.

    It contained individually sealed and wrapped packets of the class C drug ephedrine - a substance commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine ('P') - with a total weight of 4kg.

    A few days earlier, Customs officers had intercepted another package from Thailand destined for another address in Whangarei containing packets of white powder that were also found to contain 3kg of ephedrine.

    Both packages had been declared as herbal powder scrub.

    "This amount of precursor could produce between 3.5 and 4.9kg of 'P'," the spokeswoman said.

    The man had been charged with importation and possession for supply of a class C controlled drug which carried a maximum penalty of eight years imprisonment

    In a repeat of the recent drugs-in-shoes incident, officers in Christchurch caught a man returning from Thailand with pseudoephedrine in his shoes and bag. His companion was carrying more in her luggage. The total weight of pseudoephedrine was 217g.

    Both were charged with importation of a class C controlled drug.

    "This intercept follows the April incident at Auckland Airport when a group of 10 Malaysian drug couriers, all in the same tour group and all carrying crystal methamphetamine (P) in their shoes, were caught by Customs officers," the spokeswoman said.

    At the end of the first quarter of this calendar year, Customs had made 220 interceptions of pseudoephedrine or ephedrine with a potential yield of between 48 and 67kg of methamphetamine removing in the vicinity of $27 million of potential harm from New Zealand, she said.

    18/05/2011

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/5021481/Customs-seizures-net-rare-drug

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  1. torachi
    A Blenheim man has claimed online that New Zealand Customs were wrong to say they seized 18 kilograms of the hallucinogenic drug DMT last week.

    Hamish Alexander Donaldson, 21, is charged with importing the class A drug dimethyltryphamine (DMT) after Customs intercepted a parcel last month addressed to him.

    He says in online comments the parcel contained 18kg of root bark from the South American plant Mimosa hostilis, not the drug in its pure form.

    Customs issued a press release last week saying a 21-year-old Blenheim man had been charged with importing 18kg of DMT – the largest interception on record – after a package was stopped at an Auckland mail centre.

    The maximum penalty for importing a class A drug is life imprisonment.

    In a post on Tripme.co.nz dated May 19, Donaldson calls himself OnBail and says he was concerned Customs had not said the DMT was in the form of root bark.

    The bark contains DMT in levels up to one part in a 100 which can be extracted and used illicitly.

    He is concerned media reporting the Customs release would prejudice the outcome of his case.

    When asked to clarify whether it was 18kg of the precursor bark or the extracted DMT, Customs spokesman Rowan McArthur said if it was not correct, they would not have said so.

    Donaldson says he had been a member of online forums at Tripme "for a while", but changed his profile to describe his situation and ask for help.

    On the Tripme forum, he says he intended to sell the bark online for use as a material dye, leather tanner or incense.

    He thought it was legal to import the Mimosa hostilis root bark. When spoken to by The Marlborough Express he said the plant was not on the Customs list of prohibited materials.

    He had ordered the bark from American trading website Ebay.com, paying about US$700 (NZ$920 at the time), but has not seen the contents of the package. It has been kept by Customs.

    Donaldson appeared in the Blenheim District Court on April 20 and May 16.

    He has not yet entered a plea, has been released on bail at a house in Blenheim and will appear again on June 9.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/5064907/Root-bark-not-illegal
  2. torachi
    No doubt it was root bark. Not 18 kilos of DMT. This kid must be shitting bricks, since they don't seem to be retracting what they say.

    Anyone know if this kid could be charged with importing 18 kilos of pure DMT? Wouldn't outting himself on a forum called "tripme" kinda seal the deal on the ol' human consumption thing?
  3. Thirdedge
    Was certainly root bark. Kind of like how the cops weigh the potting mix when they make a weed bust. Just a stupid kid experimenting. Poor kid could have easily bet the charge if he had kept his mouth shut. Case will now set precedent on Mimosa hostillis legal status. Sad times indeed. Reporters need a good kicking for wrecking this kids life. Assholes.
  4. Potter
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