Massive haul of drugs headed for Australia seized at LA/Long Beach Seaport

Massive haul of drugs headed for Australia seized at LA/Long Beach Seaport

Massive haul of drugs headed for Australia seized at LA/Long Beach Seaport

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure Thursday, saying a January 11 search turned up more than 3,800 pounds of meth, 56 pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of heroin.

After a series of raids this month, two U.S. nationals and four Australians were arrested this week in the Melbourne and Sydney areas.

If it had made it to Australian streets, it's estimated to be worth approximately $1.29 billion dollars and equates to some 17 million hits.

At least six people are arrested in Australia in connection with what's being considered the single largest meth seizure in the U.S.

The people arrested allegedly have connections with a California-based organised crime syndicate.

Police were alerted to the alleged drug syndicate's enormous planned import when a country policeman in regional Victoria pulled over a driver and found a small amount of drugs in the vehicle.

Hill said that the quantity of drugs that were intercepted proved that Australia is being targeted by Mexican drug cartels.

Three of those arrested are set to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, charged with attempting to import illegal drugs.

"This is the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine. stopped before it had a chance to reach Australian streets", said AFP Asst.

The ACC says the price of crystal meth in Australia is among the highest in the world, driving the country's organised crime gangs to trade increasingly in the drug. Two of those arrested are Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

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

'By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the enormous pain these drugs would have caused our community.

Five search warrants have also been executed in British Columbia in Canada where a significant amount of property, believed to be proceeds of crime, have been seized.

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