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09 February 2019, 12:42 | Tara Lloyd
1.7 tonnes of meth was seized by police. Image Twitter AFP
Police claim they've stopped a "tsunami" of ice from hitting our streets after U.S. authorities seized 1.7 tonnes of the drug in a shipment destined for Australia.
The drugs were found concealed inside dozens of metal boxes that were declared as "Single Loud Speakers".
The drugs were detected by USA authorities on January 9 with 25kgs of cocaine and 5kgs of heroin also located.
The drugs were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport on January 11, 2019. The estimated street value of the meth was 1.29 billion AUD, or $911 million and was also the largest-ever shipment intended for Australia.
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A joint operation between U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Agency, Australian Federal Police and Victoria state police had stopped "a tsunami of ice" from reaching Australian shores, authorities said. (Australian Federal Police) Police have seized a record amount of drugs bound for Australia.
The shipment, marked as "loudspeakers", was bound for Australia, the CBP statement said. "We now believe Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia, they have been sending smaller amounts of ice over the years but this is now flagging the intent that Australia is now being targeted", Mr Hill said.
Police believe the Mexican cartel has links to Australian-based outlaw bikie gangs but would not give further detail.
They face various charges, including attempting to import illegal drugs, and face maximum sentences of life in prison in Australia if convicted.
"This cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world".
A white van was searched and taken away from the scene. 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 other four arrested suspects were identified as a 31-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman from another Melbourne suburb, Keilor Downs, where police recovered approximately 6.5 kilograms (14 pounds) of meth; a 31-year-old man from the Sydney suburb of Hinchinbrook, where police recovered approximately 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds of cocaine); and a 25-year-old man from another Sydney suburb, Bonnyrigg Heights.
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