Methylamphetamine destined for Australia and worth $1.29 billion seized in US
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Feb 09, 2019,
Feb 09, 2019, 0:41
More than 1.7 tons of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin were discovered on January 11 concealed within a shipment of loud speakers on a ship at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. (Australian Federal Police) Police have seized a record amount of drugs bound for Australia.
Photos released by police showed the drugs hidden inside electronic equipment and loaded onto wooden pallets. The seizure included 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine, 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin.
Australian police arrested six people following the drugs bust which authorities said would have provided around 17 million hits of the substance also known as ice.
Two American nationals were among six people arrested in Australia yesterday; four in Victoria and two in NSW.
They were allegedly involved with the US-based organised crime syndicate at the centre of the investigation.
Australian authorities said Friday the joint U.S. They've been sending smaller amounts over the years.
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The previous record for an Australia-bound crystal meth seizure was 1,300 kg in 2017.
Two of the individuals arrested in connection with the crime are confirmed to be Americans, and are now facing charges of attempting to import illegal drugs.
It was reported to the federal authorities, who established a link between Australian bikie gangs and Mexican cartels.
"This is the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine. stopped before it had a chance to reach Australian streets", said AFP Asst.
"We've got money, and we're willing to pay more for our drugs than anywhere else in the world".
Search warrants were also carried out by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia where a significant quantity of suspected proceeds of crime were seized.
Jason Halls, Victoria manager for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, said the drugs would have had an "immeasurable" impact on the Australian community.