New Zealand drug bust

‘Inside man’ paid $60,000 to help smuggle 250kg drugs into New Zealand

Mosese Laumanu Uele was the final Crown witness to give evidence against Yixin “Lonna” Gan, who is on trial for three counts of importing a Class-B drug and one of possession for supply, following a covert police investigation dubbed Operation Ghost.

The case is about pseudoephedrine, once the active ingredient in New Zealanders’ favourite cold and flu medicines, but now banned as it’s the main ingredient needed to cook methamphetamine.

Pseudoephedrine can be extracted from a cold and flu medicine widely available in China called ContacNT.