A 1.8 tonne haul of liquid methamphetamine with an estimated road worth of $1bn (£880m) has been seized by Australian police in Hong Kong.
The category-A drug, which was sure for Australia, had been discovered hidden in cartons of coconut water.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Australian Border Power (ABF) in Hong Kong labored with Hong Kong Customs and Excise (HKCE) to intercept what they stated was a “record-breaking” stash.
The AFP stated the illicit consignment was recognized utilizing intelligence developed by AFP officers in Mexico and the Australian Division of Dwelling Affairs.
They stated “worldwide cooperation” then led HKCE to seek out the meth on 23 October.
The drug – which is usually referred to by its road title “ice” due to the glass-like look of its white crystals – had been sure for New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state.
The AFP stated the medicine had a wholesale worth of $347m (£299m).
In a press release, the AFP stated: “Mexican-based officers used their worldwide community to alert AFP officers in Hong Kong concerning the suspicious consignment being shipped from Mexico to Australia by way of Hong Kong.
“Ongoing investigations are below strategy to determine the transnational severe organised criminals concerned within the plot”.
AFP Detective Superintendent Patrick Gordon, the AFP’s senior officer in Mexico, stated: “The cruel actuality is that Australia’s drawback of illicit drug use is bankrolling a raft of harmful and brutal cartels, triads and outlaw bike gangs.
“These criminals undermine our nationwide safety and our financial system. They make our suburbs and roads much less protected.
“This quantity of meth may have been offered as about 18 million road degree offers, so the NSW and Australian group is safer as a result of these medicine have been seized.”
Methylamphetamine is without doubt one of the most potent kinds of amphetamine, with Australia having the very best meth habit charge on this planet, in accordance with The Australian Legal Intelligence Fee (ACIC).