A Polish gardener faces prosecution after he was caught trying to smuggle plants into New Zealand in his underpants.
The man, a New Zealand resident, was strip-searched on arrival at Auckland airport after a drug dog sniffed out the plants near his groin, the Ministry for Primary Industries said in a statement Monday. He was wearing two pairs of underpants concealing a bulb, a tuber, seeds and plant cuttings including ivy from a castle in Poland, the ministry said, adding he is likely to be prosecuted under the Biosecurity Act.
“He wanted the plants for his garden, saying he could not find them in New Zealand,” Craig Hughes, the ministry’s Northern Border Clearance Manager, said in the statement. “We have zero tolerance towards this type of behavior, which could endanger New Zealand’s primary industries and native plant life by introducing foreign pests and diseases.”