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Police seize $1.29 billion drug haul bound for Australia

08 February 2019

A shipment of drugs seized at the Port of Los Angeles is believed to be the largest-ever domestic seizure of methamphetamine, federal authorities said this week.

United States authorities said the illicit cargo - with a street value of AUS$1.29 billion, or US$900 million - was hidden in two shipping containers carrying audio equipment 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.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victorian police officers have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales as part of the case.

The Herald understands the men were involved in the syndicate's alleged drug distribution in Sydney.

Australian and USA authorities on Friday announced they had seized around a billion dollars worth of methylamphetamine - or "ice" - in a bust that revealed new ties between Mexican cartels and Aussie biker gangs.

Video released by the AFP shows a number of boxes containing large white bricks of the drug, and three people being taken into custody.

"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years". Two of those arrested are Americans.

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the huge pain these drugs would have caused our community", said Bruce Hill, a spokesman for the Australian Federal Police organized crime unit.

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 drugs were in two containers that had been destined for Australia.

"This is a serious warning, we now believe the Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia". This is now flagging the intent Australia is now being targeted. -Australian operation had stopped "a tsunami of ice" from reaching Australia.

"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said.

"This is such an insidious drug that's having a detrimental effect to communities".

American nationals Nasser Abo Abdo and Leonor Fajardo, both of Woodstock, fronted Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday on drugs charges, along with Tuan Ngoc Tran, of Keilor Downs.

Police seize $1.29 billion drug haul bound for Australia