Massive haul of drugs headed for Australia seized at LA/Long Beach Seaport

Massive haul of drugs headed for Australia seized at LA/Long Beach Seaport

A joint drug bust between Australian and US authorities in mid-January resulted in a record 1.7 tons of methamphetamine being seized at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers.

The drugs were detected by USA authorities on January 9 with 25kgs of cocaine and 5kgs of heroin also located.

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.

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. In all, the entire shipment was worth an estimated $1.3 billion.

A joint taskforce of Australian Federal Police, Border Force and Victoria Police raided properties across Melbourne yesterday at Woodstock, Pakenham and Campbellfield.

Three raids in Sydney on Thursday led to the arrest of two men aged 25 and 31, and seizure of 2kg of cocaine. The containers were filled with speakers "artfully" stuffed with the drugs.

The shipment was bound for Australia. They asked commenters on their Facebook page to, "Help us celebrate and post your best ice puns below".

Police arrested six people on Thursday, allegedly involved with the US-based organised syndicate behind the shipment.

It is the third major seizure announced by the United States in recent weeks, ABC News reports.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters in Melbourne that police now believe Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia.

Police were alerted to the alleged drug syndicate's enormous planned import when a country policeman in regional Victoria pulled over a driver and found a small amount of drugs in the vehicle.

Three people fronted court on Friday on charges including attempted drug importation and possession with the trio remanded for their next appearance on June 17.

"The cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world".

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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