‘Biggest Ever’ Shipment Of Meth Was Hidden In Speakers Bound For Australia


USA and Australian authorities have nabbed a record meth bust at a Los Angeles port - almost 2 tons of methamphetamine ready to be shipped overseas.

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

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

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer removes methamphetamine from a loudspeaker on January 11, 2019 at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport.

The Australian Federal Police have warned Australians one of the largest Mexican drug cartels is targeting the nation.

Four people have been arrested in Victoria including an American man and woman, while two others have been arrested in New South Wales.

In 2015, Australia's government established a national taskforce to tackle the growing use of crystal methamphetamine (dubbed "ice"), which has become the most common illicit drug in the country.

The bust was the largest amount of methamphetamine ever seized in the United States, according to police.

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Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill said: 'They have been sending smaller amounts over the years.

"This is the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine. stopped before it had a chance to reach Australian streets", said AFP Asst. They asked commenters on their Facebook page to, "Help us celebrate and post your best ice puns below".

Officers from the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police yesterday arrested six people in Victoria and NSW.

"Hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime was located during the search warrant in Woodstock, and about 6.5kg of (meth) was found at a property in Keilor Downs", police said in a statement.

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".

The Australian investigation unit was made up of the AFP, Victoria Police, the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Department of Home Affairs. The suspect was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

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.