USA authorities have seized 1.7 tonnes of methylamphetamine, worth approximately $1.29 billion, destined for Australia.
The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers. The seizure included 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine, 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin.
The previous record for an Australia-bound crystal meth seizure was 1,300 kg in 2017.
The drugs were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport on January 11.
U.S. authorities said the illicit cargo - with a street value of AUS$1.29 billion, or US$900 million - was hidden in two shipping containers carrying audio equipment bound for Australia.
Australian authorities said Friday the joint U.S.
"There's no question that the criminal organization behind this scheme has been dealt a significant blow", Joseph Macias, special agent-in-charge for Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles, said in a statement.
Two of the individuals arrested in connection with the crime are confirmed to be Americans, and are now facing charges of attempting to import illegal drugs. The containers were filled with speakers "artfully" stuffed with the drugs.
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Hill said that the quantity of drugs that were intercepted proved that Australia is being targeted by Mexican drug cartels.
"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years, this is now flagging their intent".
"This is the largest seizure of ice bound for Australia ever". "Luckily we worked with our United States buddies and were able to stop the shipment before it reached our shores". They asked commenters on their Facebook page to, "Help us celebrate and post your best ice puns below".
"This cartel is among one of the most powerful and violent drug trafficking syndicates in the world".
Three of those arrested in Australia will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court later on Friday.
Police believe the Mexican cartel has links to Australian-based outlaw bikie gangs but would not give further detail.
'By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the vast pain these drugs would have caused our community. The suspect was linked to organised crime with outlaw motorcycle gangs.