Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities
- Author: Rogelio Becker Feb 09, 2019,
Feb 09, 2019, 0:41
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms of the drug was seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin.
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.
The drugs were found concealed inside dozens of metal boxes that were declared as "Single Loud Speakers".
Authorities also took in approximately 55.9 pounds of cocaine, and 11.5 pounds of heroin.
(Australian Federal Police) Police said the drugs carried a street value of $1.29 billion.
Australian police have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales after the biggest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in U.S. history.
Authorities in Canada also conducted searches in Burnaby, British Columbia, as they attempted to crack down on the global crime syndicate believed behind the smuggling.
Three of those arrested appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
"This is the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine. stopped before it had a chance to reach Australian streets", said AFP Asst.
Australia's federal police said its anxious the drug cartels may be trying to expand overseas.
It was reported to the federal authorities, who established a link between Australian bikie gangs and Mexican cartels.
"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years, this is now flagging their intent". Two of those arrested are Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.
"This cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world".
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.
A white van was also searched and towed from the scene.
The previous record of seized methylamphetamine bound for Australia was 1.3 tonnes found in Western Australia in December 2017.