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Police seize $1.29 billion of ice bound for Australia

Police seize $1.29 billion of ice bound for Australia

USA authorities said it was the largest-ever domestic seizure of methamphetamine.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 3,800 pounds of the drug were seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and 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.

Video provided by the AFP shows plastic-wrapped bricks of the crystal drug being unpacked from electronic equipment and loaded into boxes.

The narcotics are said to have an estimated street value of more than $900 million.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victorian police officers have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales as part of the case.

"The cartel is one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world", he said, without naming the cartel involved.

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Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill said: 'They have been sending smaller amounts over the years. "This is now flagging intent Australia is now being targeted", he said.

Three of those arrested, including the American couple, were due to appear in a Melbourne court Friday on a charge of attempting to import controlled drugs. We have averted a tsunami of ice to Australia.

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

A white van was also searched and towed from the scene.

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

The other four arrested suspects were identified as a 31-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman from another Melbourne suburb, Keilor Downs, where police recovered approximately 6.5 kilograms (14 pounds) of meth; a 31-year-old man from the Sydney suburb of Hinchinbrook, where police recovered approximately 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds of cocaine); and a 25-year-old man from another Sydney suburb, Bonnyrigg Heights.

The previous record haul of meth seized in Australia was 1.3 tons in December 2017.

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