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21 May 1999
Attempting to smuggle three undeclared apples through Wellington International Airport proved expensive for a Wellington woman recently.
The apples were found by MAF Quarantine Service Officers.
The woman appeared at the Wellington District Court recently and pleaded guilty to two charges related to attempting to bring the apples illegally into the country
in March this year.
For making a false declaration the total fine was $430, including court and solicitor fees. For attempting to possess unauthorised goods the total fine was $730.
That works out at $386 an apple.
Uninspected fresh fruit is prohibited from entering New Zealand because of the risk of introducing unwanted pests and diseases which could pose a threat to this country's primary industries or natural environment.
Media inquiries to:
Neil Hyde, General Manager, MAF Quarantine Service, (09) 377 3008