Australia seizes $700M of liquid meth hidden inside bras, art supplies

By Andrew V. Pestano  |  Feb. 15, 2016 at 9:15 AM
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SYDNEY, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Australian police in Sydney seized more $700 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside art supplies and gel inserts for push-up bras.

A man from China and three others from Hong Kong were arrested and could face life imprisonment for the bust. Authorities said 190 gallons of the seized liquid methamphetamine was sent to Sydney from Hong Kong.

Australian Justice Minister Michael Keenan on Monday said the liquid methamphetamine drug bust was the largest in Australian history. He said 3.6 million individual hits of the drug had been taken off the streets.

About 7.2 tons of illicit drugs were intercepted by Australia's border force in 2015, including a single 2.8 ton methamphetamine and ecstasy seizure. The large quantity of methamphetamine reaching Australia lowered its street price to $95,000 from $220,000 about 18 months ago.

Australian Federal Police Commander Chris Sheehan said the four people arrested were not "mere bit players" but "significant players within this criminal network" of drug trafficking.

"This isn't about a war on any particular commodity. It's not about a war at all. This is about dealing with transnational organised crime and the threat they pose to our community," Sheehan said at a press conference.

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Posted by Australian Federal Police on Sunday, February 14, 2016
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