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

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

Australian and U.S. authorities on Friday announced they had seized around a billion dollars worth of methylamphetamine - or "ice" - in a bust that revealed new ties between Mexican cartels and Aussie biker gangs.

The drugs were hidden in metal boxes labelled as loudspeakers. The shipment also included 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine and five kilograms (11 pounds) of heroin.

The revelation came following authorities stopping the largest-ever seizure of methylamphetamine bound for Australia, carrying an estimated street value of $1.29 billion.

More than 1.7 tons of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin were discovered on January 11 concealed within a shipment of loud speakers on a ship at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.

Police in Victoria, as well as the Australian Federal Police, worked closely with a security taskforce from the US's Homeland Security department to seize a consignment of drugs allegedly hidden in two containers claiming to contain audio equipment.

Australian Federal Police evidently found the seizure to be worthy of memorializing via pun. Two other Australians face the same charge.

Australian police have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales after the biggest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in U.S. history.

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It is the third major seizure announced by the USA in recent weeks, ABC News reports. We now believe that Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia. "They've been sending smaller amounts over the years, (but) this is now flagging the intent that Australia is being targeted".

"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said.

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

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

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".

Three of the people arrested will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday. The suspect was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

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