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. (Australian Federal Police) Police said the drugs carried a street value of $1.29 billion.
Australian authorities said it was also the largest haul of the drug intercepted while bound for Australia and would have provided around 17 million hits of the substance also known as ice.
Australian police have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales after the biggest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in USA history.
They are believed to be involved with the US -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of conducting the record shipment.
A record setting 1.7 tons of meth, worth a staggering $1.3 billion, has been found hidden in a speaker shipment bound for Australia from the United States.
"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.
Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill said: 'They have been sending smaller amounts over the years. Two of those arrested are Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.
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It was reported to the federal authorities, who established a link between Australian bikie gangs and Mexican cartels.
"We have averted a tsunami of ice coming into Australia". "This is now flagging intent Australia is now being targeted", he said.
"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said. We now believe that Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia'.
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.
In a statement Thursday, Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed almost two tons of meth were confiscated in Los Angeles last month as it was bound for Australia.
They face various charges, including attempting to import illegal drugs, and face maximum sentences of life in prison in Australia if convicted.
After a series of raids this month, two USA nationals and four Australians were arrested this week in the Melbourne and Sydney areas.