Record 1.7 tons of meth found hidden in loudspeakers bound for Australia

Police Seized 1.7 Tonnes Of Meth

Police claim they've stopped a "tsunami" of ice from hitting our streets after United States authorities seized 1.7 tonnes of the drug in a shipment destined for Australia.

The drugs were hidden in metal boxes labelled as loudspeakers.

Another 25 kilograms of cocaine, worth about $9.5 million, and 5kg of heroin valued at $2.6 million, was also uncovered in the shipment of 850 vehicle audio parts.

Hill said the interception was carried out by agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as Homeland Security Investigations Border Enforcement Security Task Force (HSI BEST) a branch of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Police estimated the street value at $1.29 billion.

Australian Federal Police will hold a media conference on the seizure this morning.

Three raids in Sydney on Thursday led to the arrest of two men aged 25 and 31, and seizure of 2kg of cocaine.

"Removing 1.7 tons of (meth) before it reaches our streets will have a huge effect on the illicit drug market", said Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission spokesman Jason Halls.

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"This is the largest seizure of ice bound for Australia ever".

"This is a serious warning, we now believe the Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia".

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victorian police officers have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales as part of the case. "They've been sending smaller amounts over the years, (but) this is now flagging the intent that Australia is being targeted". Police said the 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".

Three fronted court on Friday on charges including attempted drug importation and possession.

Dr John Coyne, head of the Border Security Program at the Strategic Police Institute, told Neil Mitchell "it's further evidence (international drug cartels) are expanding into our space for distribution".

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

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