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

Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

A shipment of drugs seized at the Port of Los Angeles is believed to be the largest-ever domestic seizure of methamphetamine, federal authorities said this week.

The drugs were found concealed inside dozens of metal boxes that were declared as "Single Loud Speakers", CBS Los Angeles reported.

Police also found 25 kilograms of cocaine, worth $9.5 million, and five kilograms of heroin, worth $2.6 million, in the same shipment as the methylamphetamine.

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

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer removes methamphetamine from a loudspeaker on January 11, 2019 at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport.

Police said the drugs could have led to more than 17 million drug deals.

A joint operation between U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Drug Enforcement Agency, Australian Federal Police and Victoria state police had stopped "a tsunami of ice" from reaching Australian shores, authorities said.

They face various charges, including attempting to import illegal drugs, and face maximum sentences of life in prison in Australia if convicted.

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The investigation started between six and eight months ago, when a police officer pulled over a motor vehicle in country Victoria. They asked commenters on their Facebook page to, "Help us celebrate and post your best ice puns below".

Commissioner Hill said police believe Mexican cartels are targeting the country, but the identities of the cartels have not been disclosed.

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.

None of the agencies involved has further identified the cartel.

"This cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world". The suspect was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

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

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

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