Officials in New Zealand caught a woman trying to smuggle endangered cacti into the country.



Wenqing Li was accused of attempting to sneak more than 1,000 succulents and endangered cacti into New Zealand from China on two occasions.

The Ministry for Primary Industries revealed that she returned to Auckland International Airport from a trip to China in March 2019 with 947 plants concealed and strapped to her body.

A month later, she once again returned from China with 142 seeds hidden inside iPad covers in addition to more than 200 garden ornaments and plant pots.

Officials said that Li - who deals in cacti and other plants online - put the "biosecurity" of New Zealand at risk by bringing the non-native plants into the country.

She was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and 12 months of "intense supervision".