Australia and United States make record crystal meth bust

Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 3,800 pounds of the drug were seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin.

In a statement Thursday, Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed almost two tons of meth were confiscated in Los Angeles last month as it was bound for Australia.

The meth was found in two containers concealed inside dozens of metal boxes that had been declared to Customs as "Single Loud Speakers", according to investigators.

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

The quantity could have produced more than 17 million drug deals, with an estimated street value of about $1.29 billion, police said.

Two American nationals were among six people arrested in Australia yesterday; four in Victoria and two in NSW.

"The Australian public who are consuming ice and other illicit drugs are assisting organised crime to flourish", Mr Hill added.

Australian authorities said Friday the joint U.S. Luckily we worked with our United States buddies and were able to stop the shipment before it reached our shores.

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"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years".

Three fronted court on Friday on charges including attempted drug importation and possession.

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

Among the suspects are two Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. This is now flagging the intent Australia is now being targeted.

The previous record of seized methylamphetamine bound for Australia was 1.3 tonnes found in Western Australia in December 2017.

"We've got money, and we're willing to pay more for our drugs than anywhere else in the world".

A white van was also searched and towed from the scene.

The Australian investigation unit was made up of the AFP, Victoria Police, the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Department of Home Affairs.

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