Australian and U.S. 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.
The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers. The shipment also included 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine and five kilograms (11 pounds) of heroin.
The previous record for an Australia-bound crystal meth seizure was 1,300 kg in 2017.
Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure of the three containers on Thursday, which were meant to be shipped to Australia before being searched on January 11. (Australian Federal Police) Police have seized a record amount of drugs bound for Australia.
A joint operation between American and Australian law enforcement led to the seizure of close to two tons of methamphetamine in California that was bound for the land down under, authorities announced late Thursday.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victorian police officers have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales as part of the case. Australian and USA authorities have seized more than 1.7 tonnes of "ice" bound for Australia.
"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years, this is now flagging their intent". They asked commenters on their Facebook page to, "Help us celebrate and post your best ice puns below".
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Police said a raid in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock in which they were arrested also found "hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime".
"We've got money, and we're willing to pay more for our drugs than anywhere else in the world".
Jason Halls, Victoria manager for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, said the drugs would have had an "immeasurable" impact on the Australian community.
None of the agencies involved has further identified the cartel.
Search warrants were also carried out by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia where a significant quantity of suspected proceeds of crime were seized.
Three people fronted court on Friday on charges including attempted drug importation and possession with the trio remanded for their next appearance on June 17.