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Four men charged in largest cocaine bust in New Zealand history

November 4, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Four men charged in largest cocaine bust in New Zealand history

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A judge has lifted name suppression for four men who were taken into custody after the largest cocaine bust in New Zealand’s history.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Benjamin Northway, 35, Matthew Scott, 44, Mario Habulin, 45, and Deni Cavallo, 46, were all present in court before Judge Edwin Paul.

The men were facing multiple charges involving the importation of cocaine into New Zealand and possession of the drug for supply. They were taken into custody after $20m worth of cocaine was seized in Tauranga on Wednesday.

Judge Paul lifted the name suppression for the suspects and anticipates that guilty pleas will be entered at the beginning of December. He also requested a German-speaking interpreter to appear on Cavallo’s behalf.

The four men will be kept behind bars until December 4th for a hearing to determine whether the charges will be assigned to Auckland.

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