New Zealand’s Biggest Cocaine Bust Came in Glittery Horse Head

The haul was worth nearly $11 million

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New Zealand Police

New Zealand’s largest cocaine haul was found in the most unlikely place: inside an 881-pound diamante-encrusted horse, NBC News reported. 

Authorities said Saturday that the sculpture’s glittery head, which arrived from Mexico in May, containted 35 bricks of high-grade cocaine worth nearly $11 million U.S. 

Two unidentified men — a 56-year-old U.S. national and a 44-year-old Mexican national — were arrested Friday night at Auckland International Airport, police said in a statement. 

"What this find tells us, though, is that there is obviously a demand for it," Parmenter said, according to the statement. "While it's possible that this statue may have been sent on to another country ... there's every possibility that the cocaine was destined for the New Zealand market."

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