Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia

Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia

Experts say today's record-breaking USA drug bust with methylamphetamine meant for Australia is proof the world's drug barons are targetting Down Under.

Around 1.7 tons of meth was seized in California on January 9 by United States authorities, along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin, police said. (Australian Federal Police) Police have seized a record amount of drugs bound for Australia.

The drugs were found concealed inside dozens of metal boxes that were declared as "Single Loud Speakers".

The three containers seized Thursday also contained 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin and had a street value of $1.29 billion.

Police said that six people arrested in Australia on Thursday and Friday were tied to a US -based syndicate under investigation over the drugs.

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

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the vast pain these drugs would have caused our community", said Bruce Hill, a spokesman for the Australian Federal Police organized crime unit.

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The shipment, marked as "loudspeakers", was bound for Australia, the CBP statement said. They were not identified except as a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

Commissioner Hill said police believe Mexican cartels are targeting the country, but the identities of the cartels have not been disclosed.

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.

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

A white van was searched and taken away from the scene.

Jason Halls, Victoria manager for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, said the drugs would have had an "immeasurable" impact on the Australian community.

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

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