$1 billion dollar drug bust in Australia – CNN International

Delivery of the shipment was tracked to a storage facility where a Hong Kong national was arrested.

Authorities have since arrested one Chinese national and two further Hong Kong nationals in relation to the importation and manufacture of the drug.

‘Organized offshore criminal gangs’

Officers stand by a display of confiscated drugs in Sydney.Officers stand by a display of confiscated drugs in Sydney.

“This is a result of organized criminals targeting the lucrative Australian ice market from offshore,” said Keenan.

“Whilst Australians continue to have such an appetite for this mind destroying drug, organized criminal gangs will continue to target the Australian market.”

He added that as well as local agencies, the operation had been informed by the Chinese Narcotic Control Commission, as part of a task force set up specifically to try and combat the international ice smuggling market.

Australian Crime Commission NSW State Manager Warren Gray said that joint operations such as this one have a pivotal role to play in the fight against methylamphetamine.

“Methylamphetamine poses — by far — the greatest threat to the Australian public of all illicit drug types, and by a significant margin,” he said.

He added that all charges could result in life imprisonment.


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