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Australia makes ‘largest ever’ crystal meth seizure

Police officers uncover drugs from between wooden floorboards

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The medicine had been hid between floorboards, police say

Australian police have made the biggest seizure of crystal methamphetamine within the nation’s historical past.

The 903kg (1990lb) haul of the drug, additionally known as ice, is estimated to have a road worth of A$898m (£546m; $680m), Justice Minister Michael Keenan stated.

The medicine had been hid between floorboards in a cargo despatched to Melbourne, in line with the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Two males have been charged with drug trafficking offences.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised the police operation, describing drug traffickers as “retailers of dying”.

“This was almost a tonne of ice, so it is a nice credit score to our border safety and our police in confiscating this huge cargo,” he stated on Wednesday.

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The medicine are estimated to have a road worth of A$898m (£546m; $680m)

Authorities stated the medicine in all probability originated in Asia, however they didn’t say the place.

“You may see a reasonably subtle concealment methodology the place organised crime teams are going to nice lengths to try to thwart the actions of regulation enforcement, significantly our border controls,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan stated.

“However we’re united in bringing these folks to justice.”

The arrested males, each from Melbourne, are aged 53 and 36.

In 2015, Australia’s authorities established a national taskforce to sort out rising use of crystal methamphetamine.

The transfer adopted a report by the Australian Crime Fee that discovered ice posed the very best danger to communities of any unlawful substance.