Police seize $1.29 billion drug haul bound for Australia

Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

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

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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 3,800 pounds of the drug were seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin.

AFP organised crime assistant commissioner Bruce Hill said Australia had been a target of the Mexican cartels for years, because of the high prices drugs command.

The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers. The shipment also included 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine and five kilograms (11 pounds) of heroin.

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

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

Australian Federal Police will hold a media conference on the seizure this morning. "They've been sending smaller amounts over the years, (but) this is now flagging the intent that Australia is being targeted". Two of those arrested are Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

It was reported to the federal authorities, who established a link between Australian bikie gangs and Mexican cartels.

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

The drugs were seized by Californian police before they could reach Australian shores.

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Three of the people arrested will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said.

A white van was also searched and towed from the scene.

"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.

According to authorities in the Australian state of Victoria, around 2 tons of meth is consumed in the state every year.

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