Australians stopped for drug fails at Queenstown Airport

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Three Australians have been refused entry to New Zealand at Queenstown Airport in Frankton during the past two days.

The first was denied entry under the Immigration Act 2009 after arriving on a flight from Australia on Tuesday. Immigration New Zealand officials determined the passenger had been convicted in 1999 for possessing heroin and sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment. 

The second Australian, on the same flight, had received a 12-month suspended prison sentence in 2007 for possession of child pornography.

The third was found to be in possession of a restricted drug and a positive swab for ecstasy was detected on his luggage. 

“The passenger also admitted recent use of cocaine and marijuana while in the United States and regular use of those drugs in Australia,” a spokesperson for Immigration New Zealand says.