Australia and US seize largest ever meth shipment

Australia and US seize largest ever meth shipment

Australia and US seize largest ever meth shipment

This is the largest ever shipment of methylamphetamine bound for Australia and the largest ever domestic seizure of meth on record in the US.

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.

The Echo Task Force then continued to investigate the drug possession, and following this, police began to investigate the possible involvement of Australian gangs, which lead police to the discovery of the drugs and the arrests.

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

Authorities also took in approximately 55.9 pounds of cocaine, and 11.5 pounds of heroin.

The drugs, worth an estimated $1.29 billion, were found hidden in a container of audio equipment that were to be shipped to Melbourne.

Australian police have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales after the biggest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in USA history.

It is alleged they were involved with the US-based crime syndicate under investigation over the shipment.

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

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the enormous pain these drugs would have caused our community", said Bruce Hill, a spokesman for the Australian Federal Police organized crime unit.

Among the suspects are two Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. They've been sending smaller amounts over the years.

"This is the largest seizure of ice bound for Australia ever".

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

"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said.

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the vast pain these drugs would have caused our community", AFP Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters.

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