6 people arrested after largest US-Australian meth seizure

Charlene Craig
February 9, 2019

Authorities have seized a record 1.7 tonnes of ice bound for Australia, carrying an estimated street value of $1.29 billion.

Police also found 25 kilograms of cocaine, worth $9.5 million, and five kilograms of heroin, worth $2.6 million, in the same shipment as the methylamphetamine. It was the largest single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States and the biggest drug haul bound for Australia.

Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure of the three containers on Thursday, which were meant to be shipped to Australia before being searched on January 11.

Police said the drugs could have led to more than 17 million drug deals. The Americans were identified by Australian police as a 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman living in Woodstock, Victoria.

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

"This is the largest seizure of ice bound for Australia ever". -Australian operation had stopped "a tsunami of ice" from reaching Australia.

As a result of the investigation, Australian Federal Police arrested two USA citizens and four Australian citizens allegedly involved with the US -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of conducting the record-making shipment. Help us celebrate and post your best ice puns below.

"We continue to pay top dollar for drugs in this country and this is a draw card for selling drugs", AFP Assistant Commissioner Organised Crime Bruce Hill told media on Friday.

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

Three of those arrested are set to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with attempting to import illegal drugs.

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

Search warrants were also carried out by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia where a significant quantity of suspected proceeds of crime were seized.

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

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