Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia

Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

The estimated street value of the meth was 1.29 billion AUD, or $911 million and was also the largest-ever shipment intended for Australia.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms of the drug was seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin.

The Echo Task Force then continued to investigate the drug possession, and following this, police began to investigate the possible involvement of Australian gangs, which lead police to the discovery of the drugs and the arrests.

Video released by the AFP shows a number of boxes containing large white bricks of the drug, and three people being taken into custody.

Police also found 25 kilograms of cocaine, worth $9.5 million, and five kilograms of heroin, worth $2.6 million, in the same shipment as the methylamphetamine.

They are believed to be involved with a US-based crime syndicate that tried to smuggle the drugs in containers marked as carrying audio equipment.

Two of the individuals arrested in connection with the crime are confirmed to be Americans, and are now facing charges of attempting to import illegal drugs.

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Australian authorities said two Americans were arrested - a 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman - along with four Australians, who were scheduled to appear in Melbourne court Friday. They've 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.

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

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

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

It was also the largest haul of meth, or ice, intercepted while bound for Australia.

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