Australia and U.S. seize largest ever meth shipment

Blanche Robertson
February 8, 2019

Police claim they've stopped a "tsunami" of ice from hitting our streets after United States authorities seized 1.7 tonnes of the drug in a shipment destined for Australia.

In 2015, Australia's government established a national taskforce to tackle the growing use of crystal methamphetamine (dubbed "ice"), which has become the most common illicit drug in the country.

Experts say today's record-breaking U.S. drug bust with methylamphetamine meant for Australia is proof the world's drug barons are targetting Down Under.

Authorities from the AFP, Victoria Police and Australian Border Force will address the media on Friday morning.

Camera IconSix people were arrested by AFP and Victoria Police officers across two states.Picture: Supplied, AFPCamera Icon1.7 tonnes of methylamphetamine was seized in the USA bound for Australia. 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.

Authorities are warning that worldwide drug syndicates are stepping up efforts to get their drugs into Australia.

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Police believe the Mexican cartel has links to Australian-based outlaw bikie gangs but would not give further detail.

"The cartel is one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world", he said, without naming the cartel involved. Yesterday we dismantled a very sophisticated operation importing massive quantities, averting a disaster for this country. They were not identified except as a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. Police said they had found "h$3 undreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime" while executing a search warrant of the couple's property.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for his alleged connection to the packages in Hinchinbrook, west of Sydney.

Three of those arrested appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

The investigation began after police intercepted a vehicle in northern Victoria previous year, where they found 25kg of ice in the auto, and the suspected was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

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