Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Why the world's drug cartels have set their sights on Australians

Why the world's drug cartels have set their sights on Australians

USA authorities have seized 1.7 tonnes of methylamphetamine, worth approximately $1.29 billion, destined for Australia.

The meth was found in two containers concealed inside dozens of metal boxes that had been declared to Customs as "Single Loud Speakers", according to investigators. The shipment also included 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine and five kilograms (11 pounds) of heroin. "Every day, USA and Australian law enforcement officers work together to keep us all safe".

The drugs were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport on January 11, 2019.

Australian authorities said the seizure was the largest haul of methamphetamine ever recovered in the us, the equivalent of 17 million individual hits.

"Australian partnership is in protecting Americans and Australians alike", acting U.S. Ambassador to Australia James Carouso said in a statement.

Police said the drugs could have led to more than 17 million drug deals.

Police said some members of the group are Australian nationals with Vietnamese backgrounds.

They face various charges, including attempting to import illegal drugs, and face maximum sentences of life in prison in Australia if convicted.

Among the suspects are two Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

Hill said that the quantity of drugs that were intercepted proved that Australia is being targeted by Mexican drug cartels. "We have averted a tsunami of ice to Australia", Assistant Commissioner Hill said.

"The cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world".

Police believe the Mexican cartel has links to Australian-based outlaw bikie gangs but would not give further detail.

A white van was also searched and towed from the scene. Commissioner Bruce Hill. "By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the enormous pain these drugs would have caused our community". He said sewage drug monitoring data showed Victoria state-which has a population of 6.3 million-was estimated to consume just over 2 tons of ice each year.

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