Drug Bust in Australia: $1 Billion in Methamphetamine Seized
In what may be the biggest drug bust in Australia’s history, authorities have seized $1 billion worth of liquid methamphetamine. It was discovered in a shipment of art supplies and bra inserts, according to federal law enforcement.
The seizure represents an estimated 3.6 million hits of “ice” that will not become available to would-be users. There was reportedly 720 liters of the drug, nearly 200 of which was discovered in gel bras being shipped from China. The remaining 500+ liters were found hidden in art supplies being kept in Sydney storage units.
Currently, four people are being charged in connection with the drug bust, including three Hong Kong nationals and one Chinese national. All suspects potentially face life in prison.
Australia’s Meth Problem
It is said that there is a high demand in Australia for ice, as a result, overseas criminals are targeting Aussie users in hopes of making big money. And over the last few years, the meth problem has been growing, and in fact, may pose a greater threat to communities than all other illegal drugs.
The drug meth is linked to psychosis and chronic mental illness. In addition, it contributes to violent assaults, robberies, and fatal car crashes. Users also face terrible withdrawal symptoms, which contribute to relapse if they are trying to get clean.
It appears to me more popular in regional and remote communities, where drugs have not previously been common.
Collaboration with the Chinese
China is a big supplier of meth, not just in Australia, but around the world. And the drug bust was made possible due to information garnered through the Chinese Narcotic Control Commission. Meth is also popular in China, following behind heroin as the most commonly used drugs.
Working with Chinese authorities allows Australian police to find the source of incoming drugs from outside its borders, right at the point of origin. It said that these type of joint operations will are critical for the future, continuing to make progress against the battle with methamphetamine use.