Special investigation: How an undercover agent infiltrated the casino VIP lounge and led police to a sprawling underworld network flooding Auckland with drugs.
In total, Taskforce Ghost seized 744kg – enough to cook 22.5 million hits of P – smashing all records.
The police identified other shipments, dating back years, which slipped through the border using a similar modus operandi.
Cash and assets worth more than $20 million were seized.
After four separate trials, more than 30 people were convicted and sent to jail.
As far as exposing New Zealand’s underbelly goes, Taskforce Ghost was “right up there”, in the typically understated parlance of a career detective who plays his cards close to his chest.