In a complex, multi-agency investigation, a whopping 1.7 tonnes of methylamphetamine was stopped by Californian police, in what is the largest-ever seizure of meth bound for Australia, and the largest-ever domestic seizure of the drug in the US.
It is the single largest seizure of methamphetamine heading Down Under and the largest domestic bust of the drug on U.S. soil.
Australian authorities said Friday the joint U.S.
Police said that six people arrested in Australia on Thursday and Friday were tied to a US -based syndicate under investigation over the drugs.
"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the enormous pain these drugs would have caused our community", said Bruce Hill, a spokesman for the Australian Federal Police organized crime unit. Six people were arrested in the raids.
"Removing 1.7 tons of (meth) before it reaches our streets will have a huge effect on the illicit drug market", said Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission spokesman Jason Halls.
"This is a serious warning, we now believe the Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia".
Authorities are warning that global drug syndicates are stepping up efforts to get their drugs into Australia.
"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said.
He said police dismantled a "very sophisticated operation" on Thursday, "averting a disaster for this country".
"We continue to pay top dollar for drugs in this country". Two of those arrested are Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman.
A US-based organised crime syndicate is being investigated over the shipment.
At the Hinchinbrook property Mr Le was arrested at, investigators allegedly seized two kilograms of cocaine that sources say was being boiled down into the more potent crack cocaine.
Search warrants were also carried out by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia where a significant quantity of suspected proceeds of crime were seized.
The investigation began after police intercepted a vehicle in northern Victoria previous year, where they found 25kg of ice in the auto, and the suspected was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.