The authorities intercepted a package of crystal meth worth £500 million on its way from Hong Kong to Sydney, arresting several Australian and Chinese nationals.
We all know that drug trade can be very profitable, but sheer size of the operation conducted by the Australian police is truly shocking even for the most experienced observers. The action conducted in collaboration with Chinese authorities of liquid methamphetamine, which is enough for more than 3.6 million individual hits and could fetch as much as 1 billion Australian dollars in the black market.
A shipment with some 190 liters of the illicit substance was discovered in transit from Hong Kong in December, neatly concealed in boxes with female lingerie. Discovery of this portion of drugs quickly led the investigators to five different stash houses located on Australian soil, where more than 500 liters of meth were found disguised as art supplies. Several people were taken into custody in relation to the case and the police believe that at least some of them were higher-echelon players in the scheme.
Methamphetamine (also known as crystal meth or ice) is a powerful stimulant drug that is very popular on the streets despite its devastating impact on the body and the mind. Due to strong demand, its trade from China to Australia is highly profitable – the price of a gram can reach US$500 at the destination while costing only $80 on the Asian mainland. Astronomical profits are motivating the smugglers to devise new ways to push the drugs across the border, so it’s not rare to see ‘creative’ methods of concealment at work, especially when large quantities are transported in bulk.
Australian government recently announced its intention to crack down on international drug trade, with 300 million Australian dollars pledged to the fight against meth distributors. With more than 200,000 estimated users in 2013 and trending upwards, the country ranks quite high on the global scale of meth addiction and will remain an attractive target for high level traffickers despite spectacular police actions such as this one.
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