Australian Experts Found Drugs Inside From the Speakers
Australian experts says that they have seized the nation’s largest-ever haul of methamphetamine, an illicit drug known locally as ice.
The drugs, with an expected street value of A$1.2bn (£660m; $840m), were found hidden inside stereo speakers in a shipment at a Melbourne port.
The delivery had come from Thailand, police said. No arrests have been made.
Ice has been defined as the most common and harmful illegal drug in Australia.
Australian Authorities said the 1.6 tonne bust was equal to more than 13% of all drugs seized in the state of Victoria last year.
It was identified after the Australian Border Force (ABF) used an X-ray to reveal “anomalies” in the cargo shipment following its arrival from Bangkok.
Police said that about 37kg of heroin was also exposed in vacuum-sealed bags inside the speakers.
ABF regional leader Craig Palmer said it was “the largest meth bust we’ve ever seen in this country” and showed the “brazen nature of those involved in this criminal activity”.
The Australian Federal Police said that the “crafty” drugs would have damaged societies.
They have appealed for public help to find those liable.
Australia’s ‘ice’ problem
The powerful drug – which can be smoked, snorted or inserted, became the focus of a national taskforce in 2015 to tackle its growing use.
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The move followed a report by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) that found crystal meth posed the highest risk to communities of any illegal substance.
Victoria – Australia’s second-most populous state – consumes more than two tons of crystal meth every year, according to government figures.
The ACC says the price of crystal meth in Australia is among the maximum in the world, driving the country’s organized crime gangs to trade increasingly in the drug.
In February, police arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales after a massive stash of the drug was intercepted in the US.