A man attempting to import meth to Oamaru has been thwarted by customs and police.

The 22-year-old was arrested after a package containing 102 grams of methamphetamine - also known as 'P' - was seized by customs at the international mail centre at Auckland airport.

The package was destined for the man's Oamaru address and methamphetamine was hidden amongst shoes and clothing inside it.

Customs' investigators and Dunedin police executed a search warrant at the man's home in on Friday.


During the search they found a small amount of cannabis and drug paraphernalia.

Customs investigations manager, Maurice O'Brien said the find was a "great example" of customs' work extending beyond the border to apprehend those who attempt to import drugs.

"Methamphetamine is an incredibly harmful substance and customs places priority on keeping this harmful drug away from our communities," Mr O'Brien said.

The accused man appeared in the Dunedin District Court on Saturday morning charged with importing a class A drug and possession of a class A drug for supply.

Further charges may be laid.

The man has been remanded in custody and will reappear in the Dunedin District Court tomorrow.

The maximum sentence that can be imposed by the courts for importation of a class A drug or possession of a class A drug for supply is life imprisonment.