Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia

Police Seize Record Amount Of Ice

Police Seize Record Amount Of Ice

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.

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.

AFP organised crime assistant commissioner Bruce Hill said Australia had been a target of the Mexican cartels for years, because of the high prices drugs command.

Video provided by the AFP shows plastic-wrapped bricks of the crystal drug being unpacked from electronic equipment and loaded into boxes. The seizure included 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine, 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin.

The Australian Federal Police said the Victorian Joint Organized Crime Task Force was tipped off about a large-scale drug shipment from a suspected syndicate in California.

As a result of the investigation, Australian Federal Police arrested two US citizens and four Australian citizens allegedly involved with the USA -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of conducting the record-making shipment.

"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.




"We have averted a tsunami of ice coming into Australia". "They've been sending smaller amounts over the years, (but) this is now flagging the intent that Australia is being targeted".

"This cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world".

It was reported to the federal authorities, who established a link between Australian bikie gangs and Mexican cartels.

It was also the largest haul of meth, or ice, intercepted while bound for Australia.

Two of the individuals arrested in connection with the crime are confirmed to be Americans, and are now facing charges of attempting to import illegal drugs.

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the huge pain these drugs would have caused our community", AFP Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters.

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