6 people arrested after largest US-Australian meth seizure
09 February, 2019, 04:44 | Author: Ted Wilson
U.S. authorities have confiscated nearly a billion dollars' worth of methamphetamine bound for Australia in the largest-ever seizure of the drug on American soil, Australian police announced Friday after a joint operation.
The drugs were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport on January 11, 2019. Two other Australians face the same charge. The seizure included 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine, 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin.
At least six people are arrested in Australia in connection with what's being considered the single largest meth seizure in the U.S.
Officers from the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police yesterday arrested six people in Victoria and NSW. They are believed to be involved with the USA -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of conducting the record shipment.
The shipment, marked as "loudspeakers", was bound for Australia, the CBP statement said.
"This is the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine. stopped before it had a chance to reach Australian streets", said AFP Asst.
The drugs, worth an estimated $1.29 billion, were found hidden in a container of audio equipment that were to be shipped to Melbourne.
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Australian authorities said two Americans were arrested - a 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman - along with four Australians, who were scheduled to appear in Melbourne court Friday.
"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.
They were remanded in custody to face court again on June 17, as charges were pending against a fourth person arrested in Melbourne. This is now flagging the intent Australia is now being targeted.
"The cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world".
None of the agencies involved has further identified the cartel.
"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the vast pain these drugs would have caused our community", AFP Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters. The suspect was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.
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