An AFP officer takes a sample of the meth they found among the wooden floorboards. Source: AFP
5th April 2017
AUSTRALIAN police have seized almost a tonne of methamphetamine from traffickers in what is the largest haul of the drug to date.
Two men, aged 53 and 36, face life imprisonment after they were arrested in connection to trafficking 903kg of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of AUD898 million (US$680 million). They will be charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of illegal narcotics.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided a warehouse in east Melbourne where they found boxes of wooden floorboards, each containing methamphetamine. The total weight of the drugs was 862.9kg.
“We located 70 boxes of floorboards … in each of those floorboards was concealed 2kg of methamphetamine,” AFP Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan said.
“We didn’t arrive at that location by mistake. It was due to the fact there was significant intelligence-sharing across international borders as well as the borders here in Australia.”