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Australia and USA make record crystal meth bust

Australia and USA make record crystal meth bust

United States authorities have confiscated nearly a billion dollars' worth of methamphetamine bound for Australia in the largest-ever seizure of the drug on American soil, Australian police announced Friday after a joint operation.

"The Australian public who are consuming ice and other drugs are permitting organized crime to flourish", Hill said.

It's not only the largest ever seizure of methylamphetamine bound for Australia, it's also a record domestic seizure of the drug in the USA.

Authorities from the AFP, Victoria Police and Australian Border Force will address the media on Friday morning.

"This is a serious warning, we now believe the Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia", said Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill of the Australian Federal Police.

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the vast pain these drugs would have caused our community", said Bruce Hill, a spokesman for the Australian Federal Police organized crime unit.

USA authorities said the illicit cargo - with a street value of AUS$1.29 billion, or US$900 million - was hidden in two shipping containers carrying audio equipment bound for Australia. (Australian Federal Police) Police have seized a record amount of drugs bound for Australia.

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He said police dismantled a "very sophisticated operation" on Thursday, "averting a disaster for this country".

"We've got money, and we're willing to pay more for our drugs than anywhere else in the world".

They were allegedly involved with the US-based organised crime syndicate at the centre of the investigation.

Three of those arrested in Australia will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court later on Friday.

A 31-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for his alleged connection to the packages in Hinchinbrook, west of Sydney. 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".

The investigation began after police intercepted a vehicle in northern Victoria previous year, where they found 25kg of ice in the auto, and the suspected was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.