Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia

Arrest Made After Record Drug Bust

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 3,800 pounds of the drug were seized mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin.

Video provided by the AFP shows plastic-wrapped bricks of the crystal drug being unpacked from electronic equipment and loaded into boxes.

The previous record haul of meth seized in Australia was 1.3 tons in December 2017.

The Australian Federal Police have warned Australians one of the largest Mexican drug cartels is targeting the nation. Luckily we worked with our United States buddies and were able to stop the shipment before it reached our shores.

The Australian Federal Police said that a joint investigation led the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to uncover 1.7 tonnes of drugs in California last month.

Police said a raid in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock in which they were arrested also found "hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime". The shipment also included 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of cocaine and five kilograms (11 pounds) of heroin.

A US-based organised crime syndicate is being investigated over the shipment.

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'Along with our law enforcement partners here and around the world, we continue in a day-to-day battle against the blight of methamphetamine that continues to devastate our communities.

Three fronted court on Friday on charges including attempted drug importation and possession.

It was reported to the federal authorities, who established a link between Australian bikie gangs and Mexican cartels.

The shipment, marked as "loudspeakers", was bound for Australia, the CBP statement said.

A white van was also searched and towed from the scene.

In a statement Thursday, Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed almost two tons of meth were confiscated in Los Angeles last month as it was bound for Australia.

Jason Halls, Victoria manager for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, said the drugs would have had an "immeasurable" impact on the Australian community.

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