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Bandidos gang members admit to importing $17 million meth to New Zealand

October 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Bandidos gang members admit to importing $17 million meth to New Zealand

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Three people taken into custody over the seizure of $17 million worth of meth imported to New Zealand by the Bandidos gang have pleaded guilty to a string of charges.

On Monday, Queenie Anne Matthews, 59 and Meinata Piahana, 29, pleaded guilty to three charges each of importing packages of P into Auckland in 2015 and 2016.

More severe charges the suspects had been intially facing were were dropped.

A co-defendant, 56-year-old Adrian Le’Ca, pleaded guilty to importation in 2016, possessing 14.9kg of meth, and 1.9kg of cocaine, The New Zealand Herald reported.

Five other charges have been dropped

The three are set to be sentenced on November 10th.

At the time of the arrests in October 2016, authorities said about 17 kilos of meth, $150,000 worth of jewelry, and $200,000 cash had been confiscated after a seven-month probe with Customs.

They noted that the drugs had been imported by a member of the Thailand faction of the international Bandidos gang.

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