Australia and US seize largest ever meth shipment

Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

It is the single largest seizure of methamphetamine heading Down Under and the largest domestic bust of the drug on United States soil.

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.

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.

Video provided by the AFP shows plastic-wrapped bricks of the crystal drug being unpacked from electronic equipment and loaded into boxes.

The three containers seized Thursday also contained 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin and had a street value of $1.29 billion.

The Australian Federal Police said the Victorian Joint Organized Crime Task Force was tipped off about a large-scale drug shipment from a suspected syndicate in California.

The investigation started between six and eight months ago, when a police officer pulled over a motor vehicle in country Victoria.

It is alleged they were involved with the US-based crime syndicate under investigation over the shipment.

"Australian partnership is in protecting Americans and Australians alike", acting U.S. Ambassador to Australia James Carouso said in a statement.

Police were alerted to the alleged drug syndicate's enormous planned import when a country policeman in regional Victoria pulled over a driver and found a small amount of drugs in the auto. Two of those arrested are Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

Three fronted court on Friday on charges including attempted drug importation and possession.

Hill said that the quantity of drugs that were intercepted proved that Australia is being targeted by Mexican drug cartels. -Australian operation had stopped "a tsunami of ice" from reaching Australia.

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the huge pain these drugs would have caused our community", AFP Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters.

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