BREAKING: Authorities announce largest meth shipment seizure in US history, worth over $1BIL (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

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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.

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.”

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  1. Marion Meyash February 8th, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    The custom and border security deserve a raise and a thank you for the awesome service they perform.


  2. Ginny Moffat February 8th, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Excellent job for seizing this shipment before it went anywhere!!


  3. Richard February 9th, 2019 at 10:15 am

    Where did it come from?


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