‘Biggest Ever’ Shipment Of Meth Was Hidden In Speakers Bound For Australia

Arrest Made After Record Drug Bust

The drugs were hidden in metal boxes labelled as loudspeakers. The estimated street value of the meth was 1.29 billion AUD, or $911 million and was also the largest-ever shipment intended for Australia.

"Australian partnership is in protecting Americans and Australians alike", acting U.S. Ambassador to Australia James Carouso said in a statement.

Another 25 kilograms of cocaine, worth about $9.5 million, and 5kg of heroin valued at $2.6 million, was also uncovered in the shipment of 850 vehicle audio parts. 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.

The previous record of seized methylamphetamine bound for Australia was 1.3 tonnes found in Western Australia in December 2017.

'Through a collaborative effort - pooling our information, resources and expertise we are keeping this unsafe contraband from reaching our streets and potentially saving lives'.

It is the third major seizure announced by the USA in recent weeks, ABC News reports. "They've been sending smaller amounts over the years, (but) this is now flagging the intent that Australia is being targeted".

"We've got money, and we're willing to pay more for our drugs than anywhere else 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. We have averted a tsunami of ice to Australia.

"This is a serious warning, we now believe the Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia".

Three of those arrested, including the American couple, were due to appear in a Melbourne court Friday on a charge of attempting to import controlled drugs.

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.

None of the agencies involved has further identified the cartel.

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.

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