Police in New Zealand have scored a rather unusual victory in the drugs war after finding a record haul of cocaine worth $14 million NZ dollars (£7.5 million pounds) concealed inside a diamante-encrusted horse's head.

Border agents were suspicious over the huge 400 kg sculpture which was shipped from Mexico.

When they examined it they found 35 bricks of the class-A drug hidden inside.

The cocaine had a street value of around $14 million NZ dollars Credit: new Zealand Police

Three men have been arrested in connection with the bust, police said.

A US national aged 56 and a 44-year-old Mexican have both been charged with importing cocaine and possession of the drug.

Police said that the find was far bigger than any other drugs bust they had carried out.

This is obviously an extremely large amount of cocaine, and in the past we’ve only found very small amounts of this drug. Prior to this, the averageamount of cocaine seized by Police each year was around 250 grams

New Zealand police statement