Two Sydney men charged over Australia and America's biggest-ever ice bust

09 February, 2019, 04:42 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

On January 9, authorities in California allegedly discovered 1728 kilograms of ice, 25kg of cocaine and 5kg of heroin hidden in the boxes, which police say equates to over 17 million drug deals and is worth $1.29 billion.

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

Experts say today's record-breaking United States drug bust with methylamphetamine meant for Australia is proof the world's drug barons are targetting Down Under. The narcotics are said to have an estimated street value of more than $900 million.

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the huge pain these drugs would have caused our community", said Bruce Hill, a spokesman for the Australian Federal Police organized crime unit. They were not identified except as a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. The containers were filled with speakers "artfully" stuffed with the drugs.

Two American nationals were among six people arrested in Australia yesterday; four in Victoria and two in NSW.

The bust is the third major seizure announced by us authorities in a matter of weeks.

The shipment, marked as "loudspeakers", was bound for Australia, the CBP statement said.

Commissioner Hill said police believe Mexican cartels are targeting the country, but the identities of the cartels have not been disclosed.

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"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years".

Police said a raid in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock in which they were arrested also found "hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime".

Australian police indicated that the country's biker gangs, with deep involvement in organised crime, were willing interlocutors.

"We've got money, and we're willing to pay more for our drugs than anywhere else in the world".

Three of the people arrested will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

The Australian investigation unit was made up of the AFP, Victoria Police, the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Department of Home Affairs.

The operation also involved raids in British Columbia on Thursday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which resulted in the seizure of "a significant quantity" of suspected proceeds of crime, police said.

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