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Why the world's drug cartels have set their sights on Australians

Why the world's drug cartels have set their sights on Australians”

United States authorities have seized 1.7 tonnes of methylamphetamine, worth approximately $1.29 billion, destined for Australia.

"The Australian public who are consuming ice and other drugs are permitting organized crime to flourish", Hill said. This is the largest ever shipment of methylamphetamine bound for Australia and the largest ever domestic seizure of meth on record in the US.

Authorities from the AFP, Victoria Police and Australian Border Force will address the media on Friday morning.

The investigation appeared to reveal cooperation between Mexican cartels and Australian biker gangs, developing what authorities say is a worrying new vector for drugs to arrive to Australia.

It has led to six arrests in Victoria and NSW.

The quantity could have produced more than 17 million drug deals, with an estimated street value of about $1.29 billion, police said.

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

Authorities are warning that worldwide drug syndicates are stepping up efforts to get their drugs into Australia.

"This cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world". Yesterday we dismantled a very sophisticated operation importing massive quantities, averting a disaster for this country.

Three of them are expected to face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday. Police said the raid in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock in which they were arrested also found "hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime".

Among the suspects are two Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

They are believed to be involved with a US-based crime syndicate that tried to smuggle the drugs in containers marked as carrying audio equipment.

At the Hinchinbrook property Mr Le was arrested at, investigators allegedly seized two kilograms of cocaine that sources say was being boiled down into the more potent crack cocaine.

The investigation began after police intercepted a vehicle in northern Victoria a year ago, where they found 25kg of ice in the auto, and the suspected was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.



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