$900m drug bust exposes Mexico-Australia cartel ties

Methylamphetamine destined for Australia and worth $1.29 billion seized in US

America’s biggest ever ice bust worth $1.3BILLION was headed for Australia

The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers.

Experts say today's record-breaking United States drug bust with methylamphetamine meant for Australia is proof the world's drug barons are targetting Down Under.

On Thursday, police in Australia arrested six people in the states of Victoria and New South Wales allegedly involved with the US-based crime syndicate believed behind the record-breaking shipment.

A "violent" Mexican cartel is one of several targeting Australia's drug market, say local and global police who busted a record haul of ice headed to the country.

USA authorities said the illicit cargo - with a street value of AUS$1.29 billion, or US$900 million - was hidden in two shipping containers carrying audio equipment bound for Australia.

"Hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime was located during the search warrant in Woodstock, and about 6.5kg of (meth) was found at a property in Keilor Downs", police said in a statement.

Australian authorities said Friday the joint U.S.

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Among the suspects are two Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.

One of the containers authorities say contained close to two tons of methamphetamine and other drugs.

"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years, this is now flagging their intent".

"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said.

The ACC says the price of crystal meth in Australia is among the highest in the world, driving the country's organised crime gangs to trade increasingly in the drug.

Dr John Coyne, head of the Border Security Program at the Strategic Police Institute, told Neil Mitchell "it's further evidence (international drug cartels) are expanding into our space for distribution".

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

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

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