Northland Police investigating the huge meth haul found in Kaitaia on Sunday night have made a further arrest.
A 25 year-old man will appear in the Manukau District Court this morning, charged with importing Class A drugs and Possession for supply of a class A drug, namely methamphetamine.
The man was arrested in Auckland yesterday.
Police also confirmed yesterday that more drugs had since been located.
Enquiries have been ongoing since the discovery was made in the back of a campervan on Sunday night.
On Tuesday afternoon, officers carried out a forensic search of the Toyota Prado vehicle that had been a vehicle of interest. Inside the vehicle was a handheld GPS device. After examining the device, Police found that it contained a set of co-ordinates.
A team of officers went to the site of those coordinates, which took them to sand dunes on the Hukatere region of 90 Mile Beach, close to where the original boat was left abandoned.
There they dug into the sand, and found another stash of bags full of methamphetamine, taking the total amount recovered now to 494 kilograms.
Police can also confirm that a second boat has been seized as part of the operation. This boat was located at Ahipara address and was found damaged on a trailer.