Methylamphetamine destined for Australia and worth $1.29 billion seized in US

Police Seize Record Amount Of Ice

At least six people are arrested in Australia in connection with what's being considered the single largest meth seizure in the U.S.

The quantity could have produced more than 17 million drug deals, with an estimated street value of about $1.29 billion, police said.

The drugs were hidden in metal boxes labelled as loudspeakers and would have provided around 17 million hits of the substance also known as ice, authorities say.

As a result of the investigation, Australian Federal Police arrested two US citizens and four Australian citizens allegedly involved with the USA -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of conducting the record-making shipment.

They are believed to be involved with the USA -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of conducting the record shipment.

Police claim they've stopped a "tsunami" of ice from hitting our streets after United States authorities seized 1.7 tonnes of the drug in a shipment destined for Australia. Police said they had found "h$3 undreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime" while executing a search warrant of the couple's property.

Authorities are warning that global drug syndicates are stepping up efforts to get their drugs into Australia.

Among the suspects are two Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. They've been sending smaller amounts over the years.

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

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

"We have averted a tsunami of ice coming into Australia".

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

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

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

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

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