Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Police seize $1.29 billion of ice bound for Australia

Police seize $1.29 billion of ice bound for Australia

Australian police have arrested six people after what authorities say was the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure Thursday, saying a January 11 search turned up more than 3,800 pounds of meth, 56 pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of heroin.

One of the containers authorities say contained close to two tons of methamphetamine and other drugs.

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

The haul is said to be equivalent to 17 million doses and worth an estimated A$1.29bn ($910m; £705m).

As part of their investigation, the Australian Federal Police and police in the southern state of Victoria arrested six people, including an American couple living in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock.

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

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"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. Luckily we worked with our USA buddies and were able to stop the shipment before it reached our shores.

In Sydney, a 31-year-old Australian national was arrested at Hinchinbrook in the city's south-west.

The previous record haul of meth seized in Australia was 1.3 tons in December 2017.

Police said that three of those arrested would appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with attempting to import illegal drugs. This is now flagging the intent Australia is now being targeted.

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

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.

'By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the vast pain these drugs would have caused our community.

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