BREAKING: Authorities announce largest meth shipment seizure in US history, worth over $1BIL (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
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A joint drug bust between Australian and U.S. authorities in mid-January resulted in a record 1.7 tons of methamphetamine being seized at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.
Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure of the three containers on Thursday, which were intended to be shipped to Australia before being searched on Jan. 11. The containers were filled with speakers “artfully” stuffed with the drugs.
In addition to the 3,810 pounds of meth, the shipment also contained 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin. Australian officials said the total street value of the haul was $1.29 billion.
The report by ABC News stated that six people have been arrested in the drug smuggling scheme – two Americans and four Australians. The two Americans, a man and a woman, have been living in Australia. It has been described as the largest amount of methamphetamine ever seized in the United States.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 8, 2019
U.S. and Australian Authorities Intercept 1.7 Tons of Meth Bound to Australia from LA/Long Beach Seaport. The narcotics artfully concealed within a shipment of loud speakers were intercepted by CBP officers – See News Release: https://t.co/1jPA34UlcF pic.twitter.com/koqS03iA0c
— CBP Los Angeles (@CBPLosAngeles) February 8, 2019
In a detailed press release by Customs and Border Protection, the following information was provided:
The drugs were found in two containers, concealed inside dozens of metal boxes, declared as “Single Loud Speakers”. The seizure contained 3,810 pounds (1,728.62 kilograms) of methamphetamine, 55.9 pounds (25.39 kilograms) of cocaine, and 11.5 pounds (5.26 kilograms) of heroin.
“This is the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine – more than 1.7 tons – stopped before it had a chance to reach Australian streets,” said AFP National Manager Organized Crime Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill. “The JOCTF investigation demonstrated the effectiveness of Australian and international authorities working together to stamp out illicit drug importation, and I wish to thank our U.S. counterparts for their expert involvement in this investigation.”
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. The drugs were hidden in metal boxes labelled as loudspeakers. https://t.co/z07hyQBx2A
— NBC10 Philadelphia (@NBCPhiladelphia) February 8, 2019
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