In the classic movie The Godfather, Don Corleone arranged for his minions to chop the head off of movie producer Jack Woltz’s prize horse and had it placed in Woltz’s bed. Woltz was so in shock when he discovered it, he could only scream. A horse’s head has surprised the authorities in New Zealand were just as shocked when a (fake), horse’s head ended up in their country in May, recent reports show. The head, studded with diamantes (like rhinestones or sequins), was filled with bricks of cocaine. “This is obviously an extremely large amount of cocaine, and in the past we’ve only found very small amounts of this drug,” said detective senior sergeant Colin Parmenter, officer in charge of the Organised Crime Auckland. “Prior to this, the average amount of cocaine seized by police each year was around 250 grams.”
According to Horse & Hound, the 400 kg, bedazzled sculpture was stuffed with 35 bricks of puro valued at £7.6 million (about $9.9 million). The delivery reportedly came from Mexico. It is not known if the shipment was meant for New Zealand or just passing through, on its way to another destination.
Thus far, three men have been arrested in connection with the smuggling attempt. Horse & Hound reports:
A 44-year-old Mexican and a 56-year-old US national were both arrested at Auckland International Airport as they tried to catch a flight to Hawaii.
They were charged with importing and possession for supply of a class A drug (cocaine) on 30 June.
On 2 July, a third person — a 29-year-old Mexican — was arrested and charged with the same two offences.
Police also want to speak to a man in connection with the cocaine seizure, who was seen on CCTV leaving a central Auckland hotel on Friday (1 July).