Police seize $1.29 billion drug haul bound for Australia


Video provided by the AFP shows plastic-wrapped bricks of the crystal drug being unpacked from electronic equipment and loaded into boxes. Australian Federal Police arrested two U.S. citizens and four Australian citizens accused of being involved with the U.S. -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of orchestrating the record-breaking shipment, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Australian authorities said Friday the joint U.S.

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

Joseph Macias, special agent-in-charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, said: 'There's no question that the criminal organization behind this scheme has been dealt a significant blow. "Every day, United States and Australian law enforcement officers work together to keep us all safe".

"Through a collaborative effort - pooling our information, resources and expertise - we are keeping this unsafe contraband from reaching our streets and potentially saving lives".

In Sydney, a 31-year-old Australian national was arrested at Hinchinbrook in the city's south-west. They've been sending smaller amounts over the years.

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The shipment, marked as "loudspeakers", was bound for Australia, the CBP statement said.

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

The drugs were seized by Californian police before they could reach Australian shores.

"This is a serious warning, we now believe the Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia". Police said they had found "h$3 undreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime" while executing a search warrant of the couple's property.

Police said that three of those arrested would appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with attempting to import illegal drugs. (Australian Federal Police) Police have seized a record amount of drugs bound for Australia.