Australia and US seize largest ever meth shipment

Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

USA authorities said it was the largest-ever domestic seizure of methamphetamine.

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.

Victoria state - Australia's second-most populous - consumes more than two tonnes of crystal meth every year, according to government figures.

Photos released by police showed the drugs hidden inside electronic equipment and loaded onto wooden pallets.

"The JOCTF investigation demonstrated the effectiveness of Australian and worldwide authorities working together to stamp out illicit drug importation, and I wish to thank our USA counterparts for their expert involvement in this investigation".

"Australian partnership is in protecting Americans and Australians alike", acting U.S. Ambassador to Australia James Carouso said in a statement.

Last month, police in Australia arrested cabin crew for Malaysia-based carrier Malindo Air on accusations they helped smuggle heroin and meth worth millions of dollars from Asia to Australian cities, as part of a multinational syndicate.

Three of those arrested in Australia will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court later on Friday.

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

"We have averted a tsunami of ice coming into Australia".

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.

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

A white van was searched and taken away from the scene.

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.

"This is the largest seizure of ice bound for Australia ever".

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