A Nigerian drug cartel in New Zealand has been smashed with four operators sent to prison.
A Nigerian run international drug cartel has been smashed, with four operators of the ring sentenced to between 15 and 18 years in prison, by an Auckland High Court, in far away New Zealand, police reports in a statement it released.
The cartel had used a national of the country to smuggle methamphetamine worth more than $1 million into the country.
The statement emphasizes that the court sentencing marked a successful end to a combined police and customs operation that began in November 2013.
The Nigerians whose names were given as Nnamdi Augustine Iwu, 36, the leader of the cartel, Hyacith Ochibulu, 44, David Obiaga, 44, and Ugochukwu Okpara, 27, were charged with different counts of importing and possessing the Class A drug for supply.
Iwu got 18 years while the rest will be behind bars for 15 years and 10 months.
The reports states that the police became involved after Customs officers found methamphetamine with a street value of $1.5 million in the luggage of a 68-year-old Auckland man who was said to be returning home from Papua New Guinea.