New Zealand's largest ever cocaine bust found in a horse head

A fake horse may have been helpful when it came to enemy soldiers breaching the city of Troy, but it didn't quite work for drugs entering New Zealand.

The country's police force has claimed its largest ever seizure of cocaine after a stash was discovered in a 400-Kilogram (881 pound) sculpture of a horse's head encrusted with diamante.

The shipment arrives in the country from Mexico in May, when customs officers discovered 35 bricks of cocaine worth an estimated street value of $10 Million, according to a statement Saturday from the New Zealand Police.

Authorities didn't horse around, and three unidentified men were charged Saturday. A 44 year old Mexican national and a 56 year old U.S national were arrested at Auckland international airport Friday evening and face drug importation and possession charges. A 29 year old Mexican national was arrested too and will face same charges.

Police said the seizure was much larger than usual, with an average of 250 grams (8.8 ounces) seized in a year.

Like many countries, importing or possessing cocaine in New Zealand comes with high penalties. This can result in life in jail. Though only the possession could carry a maximum of six months imprisonment where you pay a fine of $719.

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