Image: Australian Border Force
Australian authorities on Friday announced the nation’s largest ever seizure of methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice”.
The 1.8 tons of drugs, which have an estimated estimated street value of $835 million, were hidden inside stereo speakers shipped from Thailand.
Australian Border Force (ABF) seized the drugs after abnormalities were found during an X-ray at Melbourne Container Examination Facility.
Also hidden inside the shipment from Bangkok was 37kg of heroin.
“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,” said Craig Palmer, ABF Regional Commander Victoria.
“Last financial year the ABF made 43,000 detections of illicit drugs weighing more than 11.8 tons — so this seizure is equal to more than 13% of the total drugs we seized last financial year,” said Palmer.
No arrests have been made and investigations into the shipment remain ongoing.
Meanwhile, police in Thailand said they have only just been informed of the seizure and will cooperate with their Australian counterparts.
(Source: – Thai Visa News)