Methylamphetamine destined for Australia and worth $1.29 billion seized in US
00:39, Feb 9, 2019
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More than 1.7 tons of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin were discovered on January 11 concealed within a shipment of loud speakers on a ship at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.
The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers.
Authorities also took in approximately 55.9 pounds of cocaine, and 11.5 pounds of heroin.
Police say more than 17 million drug deals could have resulted from the amount of methylamphetamine stopped.
"This is the largest seizure of ice bound for Australia ever. Every day, U.S. and Australian law enforcement officers work together to keep us all safe".
'Through a collaborative effort - pooling our information, resources and expertise we are keeping this risky contraband from reaching our streets and potentially saving lives'.
As part of their investigation, the Australian Federal Police and police in the southern state of Victoria arrested six people, including an American couple living in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock.
Three raids in Sydney on Thursday led to the arrest of two men aged 25 and 31, and seizure of 2kg of cocaine.
It is the third major seizure announced by the United States in recent weeks, ABC News reports.
"We've got money, and we're willing to pay more for our drugs than anywhere else in the world". Commissioner Bruce Hill. "By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the huge pain these drugs would have caused our community".
The shipment was bound for Australia. "We have averted a tsunami of ice to Australia", Assistant Commissioner Hill said. This is a serious warning.
Hill said that the quantity of drugs that were intercepted proved that Australia is being targeted by Mexican drug cartels.
Three of those arrested appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
After a series of raids this month, two USA nationals and four Australians were arrested this week in the Melbourne and Sydney areas.
None of the agencies involved has further identified the cartel.
A white van was also searched and towed from the scene.
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