Tuesday 6 December 2016

Police seize €750m of methamphetamines hidden in bra inserts

Published 15/02/2016 | 07:03

Gel bra inserts (foreground L) containing concealed crystal methamphetamine seen at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on February 15, 2016 AFP/Getty Images
Gel bra inserts (foreground L) containing concealed crystal methamphetamine seen at the Australian Federal Police headquarters in Sydney on February 15, 2016 AFP/Getty Images
Commander Chris Sheehan from the Australian Federal Police stands by a display of confiscated drugs in Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Officers stand by a display of confiscated drugs in Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Officers stand by a display of confiscated drugs in Sydney. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australian law enforcement agencies discovered 1.26 billion Australian dollars (€750million) worth of methylamphetamine hidden in imported boxes of silicon bra inserts and art supplies in the country's largest haul of the illicit drug in its liquid form, officials said today.

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Four Hong Kong passport holders were arrested in Sydney last month over the import from China of 720 liters (190 gallons) of the drug, commonly known in Australia as ice, police said in a statement.

The liquid could have made about 500 kilograms (1,100 pounds) of high-grade crystal meth, Australian Federal Police Commander Chris Sheehan said.

Officials also seized 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of the crystalized form of the drug.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the operation used information gathered through new cooperation between Australian Federal Police and China's National Narcotics Control Commission. The Australian and Chinese agencies established a joint task force in November to investigate criminal syndicates trafficking methamphetamine.

"This largest seizure of liquid methylamphetamine to date is the result of organized criminals targeting the lucrative Australian ice market from offshore," Keenan told reporters.

The four will appear in a Sydney court next month charged with importing and manufacturing commercial quantities of illegal drugs. Each suspect faces a potential life sentence if convicted.

Keenan said the seizure was one the largest hauls of illicit drugs in Australian history.

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