The investigation uncovered an ingenious way of smuggling meth but also exposed new ways of how Asian organised crime syndicates were 'setting up shop' in NZ, Australia and Japan.

The umbrella stands looked like umbrella stands.

Concrete blocks, the sort you keep under the outdoor table to easily slot in the umbrella on a sunny day.

The manifest for the ship Cap Cleveland declared the 16 umbrella stands as "outdoor leisure products", with 16 umbrellas for good measure, jumbled among cheap furniture, children's slides and swings, tents and beach chairs.

The jumble of 67 packages weighing a total of 1437kg, valued at just $3165.

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A cluttered collection of odds and ends you might find at a garage sale, or secondhand store, and just as difficult to sort through.

Thousands

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