Digital Desk, Wellington. More than 50 kilograms of cocaine and 300,000 New Zealand dollars ($2,11,389) in cash and cryptocurrency wallets have been seized by New Zealand police in a major campaign against organized crime, while nine people have been arrested. Police Minister Poto Williams said this on Thursday.
“This massive crackdown on Class A drugs and money laundering has made our streets safer today,” Williams said in a statement.
New Zealand will not tolerate gangs and organized crime, and they have put a record number of police on the front lines, with a special focus on organized crime, Xinhua news agency reports.
This action, he said, will go a long way in combating the sale and supply of illegal drugs to the people of New Zealand and serious money laundering activities that cause great harm to our communities.
The minister also said, Operation Mist has seen New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs staff supported by the Police and Customs International Liaison Network, along with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Colombian National Police, Spanish Customs Service and Cook Island Customs Service. are working.