It is the single largest seizure of methamphetamine heading Down Under and the largest domestic bust of the drug on U.S. soil.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure Thursday, saying a January 11 search turned up more than 3,800 pounds of meth, 56 pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of heroin. (Australian Federal Police) Police have seized a record amount of drugs bound for Australia.
Video provided by the AFP shows plastic-wrapped bricks of the crystal drug being unpacked from electronic equipment and loaded into boxes.
Authorities also took in approximately 55.9 pounds of cocaine, and 11.5 pounds of heroin.
The Australian Federal Police and Victoria State police said six people arrested in Australia on Thursday were tied to a us -based syndicate under investigation over the drugs.
Australian police have arrested six people in Victoria and New South Wales after the biggest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in United States history.
"We continue to pay top dollar for drugs in this country and this is an absolute draw card for organised crime".
Three of the people arrested will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the huge pain these drugs would have caused our community", said Bruce Hill, a spokesman for the Australian Federal Police organized crime unit.
Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told a news conference in Melbourne that police now believe Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia. They were not identified except as a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. "This is now flagging intent Australia is now being targeted", he said.
"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said. We have averted a tsunami of ice to Australia.
Jason Halls, Victoria manager for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, said the drugs would have had an "immeasurable" impact on the Australian community.
Five search warrants have also been executed in British Columbia in Canada where a significant amount of property, believed to be proceeds of crime, have been seized.