Mexican drug cartel targeting Australia

Police Seized 1.7 Tonnes Of Meth

Australian and United States authorities on Friday announced they had seized around a billion dollars worth of methylamphetamine - or "ice" - in a bust that revealed new ties between Mexican cartels and Aussie biker gangs.

The drugs were found concealed inside dozens of metal boxes that were declared as "Single Loud Speakers".

The three containers seized Thursday also contained 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin and had a street value of $1.29 billion. It was also the largest haul of meth, or ice, intercepted while bound for Australia.

Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure of the three containers on Thursday, which were meant to be shipped to Australia before being searched on January 11. Australian officials said the total street value of the haul was $1.29 billion.

Joseph Macias, special agent-in-charge for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, said: 'There's no question that the criminal organization behind this scheme has been dealt a significant blow.

One of the containers authorities say contained close to two tons of methamphetamine and other drugs.

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According to BBC Wales, Nantes have given Cardiff a 10-day ultimatum over the first payment of between five and six million euros. The Mirror reports that Nantes sent Cardiff an email last Thursday and followed up with a legal threat on Tuesday.

The shipment was bound for Australia.

Assistant Commissioner Hill is urging ice users to get help.

As a result of the investigation, Australian Federal Police arrested two USA citizens and four Australian citizens allegedly involved with the US -based transnational crime syndicate suspected of conducting the record-making shipment. They've been sending smaller amounts over the years. Police said the raid in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock in which they were arrested also found "hundreds of thousands of dollars of proceeds of crime".

Police believe the Mexican cartel has links to Australian-based outlaw bikie gangs but would not give further detail.

Three of those arrested, including the American couple, were due to appear in a Melbourne court Friday on a charge of attempting to import controlled drugs. The suspect was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the enormous pain these drugs would have caused our community", AFP Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters.

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