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Astonishing numbers: Biggest ever US drug bust, and it was headed for Australia

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Authorities have seized a record haul of 1.7 tonnes of the drug ice, which was bound for Australia.

It’s not only the largest ever seizure of methylamphetamine bound for Australia, it’s also a record domestic seizure of the drug in the USA.

The consignment has an estimated street value in Australia of $1.29 billion.

Police say it could have resulted in more than 17 million drug deals.

Officers from the Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police yesterday arrested six people in Victoria and NSW.

They were allegedly involved with the US-based organised crime syndicate at the centre of the investigation.

“The lead up to this has been quite sensational,” Bruce Hill from the AFP told Tom Elliott.

“Victoria Police pulled over somebody, in probably May last year, and in that car was 25 kilos of ice linked to the OMCG’s.

“From that, some excellent police work lead to this syndicate and importation.”

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