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Australia halts $189 million of meth

AFP-JIJI

Australian police said Friday they have seized methamphetamine with a street value of 200 million Australian dollars ($189 million) that was concealed in the tires of a truck shipped from China.

The 200-kg bust was made at Port Melbourne and resulted in three men, two of them dock workers, being arrested. They face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Police said the operation involved task forces in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with the shipment identified as high-risk ahead of its arrival from Shanghai on Oct. 1, following a tip-off.

“This seizure has prevented more than AU$200 million of this substance from being on the streets of our towns and cities in Australia,” said Australian Federal Police Cmdr. Scott Lee. He said methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth or “ice,” was recognized as “one of the drivers of violence in our community and for recidivist offending.”