New Zealand’s very own Breaking Bad came into limelight, when Northland Police made the largest methamphetamine bust on Monday.
On Tuesday, police revealed images and video of the 448 kilograms of meth, which is being estimated to have a street value of $NZ448 million ($AU 425m).
According to police superintendent Russell Le Prou, this is the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine in New Zealand and there is no doubt about it.
“And what is so great about this is that it’s not only the result of hard work by the Northland Police, but it’s the result of information we got from the community,” said Prou.
The Telegraph says that three men began offering local residents with large amounts of cash to help launch a boat from a remote Ninety Mile Beach. This made the local residents suspicious.
After the incident was informed to police, they started checking the runabout on Sunday. They were looking for a Toyota Prado and luckily for police the car drove by.
The incident led to a short chase that concluded at the nearby Ahipara Golf Course. When the chase ended, two men from Auckland, aged 31 and 26, were arrested.
Moments after the arrest, a police officer, on his way home, came across another wanted vehicle.
It was a campervan, which was driving around in Totara North. The vehicle was apprehended and it resulted in the arrest of a third man, aged 19.
When police checked the van, they found suitcases and bags containing dozens of zip-lock bags full of methamphetamine, says The Guardian.
The whole incident reminds people of AMC’s television series Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad is about a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White, who was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer.
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Due to his predicament, Walter White turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine, in order to secure his family’s financial future. He makes his former student a partner in this crime.