Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

08 February, 2019, 18:44 | Author: Carlos George
  • Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

The previous record for an Australia-bound crystal meth seizure was 1,300 kg in 2017.

Police in Victoria, as well as the Australian Federal Police, worked closely with a security taskforce from the US's Homeland Security department to seize a consignment of drugs allegedly hidden in two containers claiming to contain audio equipment.

Australian authorities said it was also the largest haul of the drug intercepted while bound for Australia and would have provided around 17 million hits of the substance also known as ice.

As a result of the investigation, Australian Federal Police arrested two US citizens and four Australian citizens allegedly involved with the USA -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of conducting the record-making shipment.

A US-based organised crime syndicate is being investigated over the shipment.

Five search warrants have also been executed in British Columbia in Canada where a significant amount of property, believed to be proceeds of crime, have been seized.

The drugs were packaged with smaller quantities of cocaine and heroin, and were concealed in metal boxes labeled as loudspeakers.

Authorities are warning that worldwide drug syndicates are stepping up efforts to get their drugs into Australia.

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"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years, this is now flagging their intent".

Police said some members of the group are Australian nationals with Vietnamese backgrounds.

"This is a serious warning".

"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said. Two of those arrested are Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

AFP organised crime assistant commissioner Bruce Hill said Australia had been a target of the Mexican cartels for years, because of the high prices drugs command.

"This is such an insidious drug that's having a detrimental effect to communities".

"The Australian public who are consuming ice and other drugs are permitting organized crime to flourish", Hill said.

Police said that three of those arrested would appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with attempting to import illegal drugs.

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