Huge shipment of methamphetamine made in Mexico, worth around $80 million, was allegedly intended to be distributed by Australian motorcycle gangs.
An elaborate scheme to supply ‘bikie’ gangs of outlaws in Australia with crystal meth was interrupted when the of this drug hidden in sea containers arriving from abroad. According to authorities, the shipment was collaboratively prepared by criminal organizations from Mexico and South Africa, which practically means that the network of dealers responsible for this daring enterprise spanned the whole world. Notorious motorcycle gangs were supposed to act as local partners in the business and sell the meth in the streets of Sydney and other towns in Australia. Full street value of the drug loot is estimated to be worth $80 million, and the authorities say it’s not the first job of this magnitude executed by this powerful international drug syndicate.
The bust started unfolding in March, when two containers entering the country were detained by the Australian Border Force. Inside were 11 diesel generators, which were actually used to hold concealed packages of crystal meth. The shipment was then tracked to its intended destination, leading to the discovery of the suspected delivery network. Four men were arrested and charged with drugs distribution so far, and face the possibility of life sentence if convicted for dealing commercial quantities of a controlled substance.
The case is just the latest example demonstrating how powerful the major drug cartels have grown. Sending a package of this size from Mexico to Australia without detection is a logistical task that would’ve been nearly insurmountable just a decade or two ago. As it appears, trans-continental collaboration of drug traffickers is now reality and the problem can only deepen as the illegal organizations accumulate more resources. With the demand for meth – as well as street prices – in Australia remaining at a high level, local authorities can expect the drug to continue flowing in to the country despite their best efforts to stem the it.
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