'Largest Meth Bust' On Australian Shores Discovered In Stereo Speakers
Border force officials have intercepted more than $1 billion worth of ice in what authorities say is the largest ever seizure of the drug on Australian shores.
Close to 1.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine (ice) was found hidden inside stereo speakers shipped into Melbourne from Bangkok, Thailand, authorities said on Friday.
The haul was discovered when border officers selected a cargo container for further inspection at the city's container examination facility.
"An x-ray revealed anomalies within the speakers and when they were deconstructed, ABF officers found vacuum-sealed packages containing the drugs," the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a statement.
In total, 1.596 tonnes of ice and 37kgs of heroin were seized, with an estimated street value of $1.197 billion and $18.5 million respectively.
There have been no arrests made over the seizure -- equal to almost 16 million drug deals -- the ABF and the AFP are continuing investigations.
ABF Regional Commander Victoria, Craig Palmer, said the record bust would have a significant impact on drug supply in the state.
“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," Palmer said.
“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 percent of the total drugs we seized last financial year.”