THE Courts have been busy in recent times with a number of issues emanating from the restaurant industry including several dozen liquidations. Among the more high profile ones has been the case of ethnic restaurant owned by ABC Holdings in Tauranga where summary judgment is sought by Silver Chef Rentals for over $302,000.

But not as spectacular as an Auckland Chinese restaurant that is alleged to be the centre of a drug importing and distribution ring. The small seafood restaurant became the centre of the most successful covert drug investigation in local police history.

The operation seized more than 340kg of pseudoephedrine after another 142kg had been distributed. Thirtynine bags of drugs were found inside a water cylinder exported from China with a value of around $3,2m. Almost 500kg of drugs were found heading for the restaurant in 2013 inside packets of breadcrumbs.