AUTHORITIES have seized more than $1 billion worth of ice found hidden inside stereo speakers in Melbourne.
Border Force officers allegedly uncovered almost 1.6 tonnes of crystal methylamphetamine worth $1.197 billion in a sea cargo shipment from Thailand.
It’s the largest amount of meth ever seized in Australia.
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The drugs were allegedly packed in vacuum-sealed bags and stuffed inside stereo speakers, along with 37kgs of heroin worth $18.5 million.
Authorities say when broken down, the drugs equate to almost 16 million drug deals.
So far, no one has been arrested over the record seizure.
ABF Regional Commander Victoria, Craig Palmer, said the bust will have a significant impact on drug supply in the state.
“Without the sophisticated targeting and detection capabilities of the ABF, these drugs would have made it to the streets of Melbourne and beyond,” Commander Palmer said.
“This is the largest meth bust we’ve ever seen in this country and demonstrates not only the brazen nature of those involved in this criminal activity, but the resolve of the ABF in Victoria and around the country to stop these imports.”
“Last financial year the ABF made 43,000 detections of illicit drugs weighing more than 11.8 tonnes – so this seizure is equal to more than 13% of the total drugs we seized last financial year.”
AFP Acting Commander Peter Bodel, Organised Crime, said the seizure has stopped almost 1.6 tonnes of insidious drugs from devastating the community.
“The effect of these drugs on the community and families would have been profound. It may be your loved one, a friend or neighbour who has been spared the terrifying impact of this mammoth shipment.”
“If you have any information – please come forward. Help us find the people who are willing to put their profit before the pain and suffering of others.”
anyone with information that could assist police is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.