Australian Federal Police has announced the largest seizure of liquid methylamphetamine. It is a historic haul for Australia. Announcing this, Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the haul’s “street value” was more than $1 billion.
Keenan said illicit drugs are allegedly coming to Australia from China. In China, an organised crime syndicate is operating the drug business. He said the seized quantity could make 3.6 million “hits” of the drug.
“This is a devastating blow for the organised criminal gangs who peddle in ice, and it shows if you do target the Australian market, we do have the powers and resources to prosecute you. We are targeting criminal gangs that are trading off the misery of ice,” he said.
Keenan said four people have been booked for the crime. All of them are Hong Kong nationals. If guilty, they will get life-imprisonment, reports 9 News. The groups transported 720 litres of the illicit drug to Australia.
AFP NSW State Manager Chris Sheehan said the drugs entered Australia in concealed form. They were hidden in gel bra inserts. So many stashes were also found concealed in art supplies.
Sheehan said the tip off for the investigation commenced after Australian Border Force officers seized a shipping container from Hong Kong in December. It allegedly contained gel bra inserts packed with the drug. In January, the police arrested a 33-year-old Hong Kong for the shipment.
According to police, drugs were concealed in art supplies at various locations in Sydney. The drug operators had been active in Miranda, Hurstville, Padstow and Kingsgrove.
Meanwhile, organised mafia groups are easily importing drugs into Australia. This surge in imports followed the drop in wholesale price for drugs. The prices of ice, cocaine and ecstasy have slipped, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
Media reports noted that wholesale price of imported cocaine is down. One kilo gram of drug is now available at $240,000. But the street prices have not changed. This means, organised crime groups are making huge profits. Law enforcement agencies have attributed the price drop to soaring imports of drugs into Australia.