Australian police have seized more than Aus$1 billion (US$712 million) in methamphetamine, or ice, some concealed in inserts for bras in one of the country’s biggest drug busts, authorities said on Monday.
Three Hongkongers and a Chinese national were arrested during the joint operation with China which Justice Minister Michael Keenan described as the largest seizure of liquid methamphetamine in Australian history.
Australian Federal Police Commander Chris Sheehan said the operation began in December 2015 when the Australian Border Force examined a shipping container out of Hong Kong in Sydney. It originated in mainland China.
“That shipping container was found to contain gel bra inserts and hidden inside those gel bra inserts was 190 litres of liquid methamphetamine,” he said.
The seizure was referred to the Australian Federal Police who began an investigation which traced an additional 530 litres of liquid methamphetamine to five storage units in Sydney where they were found inside art supplies.
In January, a 33-year-old Hong Kong man was arrested and charged in connection with the original seizure.
A further two Hong Kongers, a man, 37, and a 52-year-old woman, along with a Chinese man, 59, were also seized and charged with knowingly taking part in the manufacture of a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug over the stash in the storage units. Read More