More charges laid over meth bust
A Chinese man and woman arrested in New Zealand's largest single pure methamphetamine bust had further charges laid against them during a brief court appearance today.
The 22-year-old man and 25-year-old woman have been in custody since police found drugs worth an estimated $8 million at Wellington's Duxton Hotel.
The bust followed a week-long police and customs investigation which tracked methamphetamine allegedly smuggled from China into Auckland in water filter equipment.
The pair, who required the assistance of a translator in court, were initially charged jointly with possessing, importing and conspiring to supplying methamphetamine.
Further joint charges of possessing, importing and supplying methamphetamine were laid when they appeared briefly in Wellington District Court today.
Judge Denys Barry continued interim name suppression orders to give the pair an opportunity to consult defence lawyers.
He remanded the pair until March 13.