Australia seizes big crystal meth haul from China
Tyres that contained methamphetamine with a street value of Aus$200 million (US$189 million) are put on display by Melbourne police after they were found on a truck imported from China, October 11, 2013
The 200 kilogram (440 pound) bust was made at Port Melbourne with three dock workers arrested.
Police said the operation involved taskforces in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane with the shipment identified as high-risk ahead of its arrival at the port on October 1 and subsequent raids on a factory and properties in the city.
"This seizure has prevented more than Aus$200 million of this substance from being on the streets of our towns and cities in Australia," said Australian Federal Police Commander Scott Lee.
He said methamphetamine -- which is also known as crystal meth or "ice" -- was recognised as "one of the drivers of violence in our community and for recidivist offending".
"Through our combined commitment to combating this crime type, we are working across jurisdictions and borders to deal significant blows to crime syndicates," he added.
The men have been charged with various offences including importing a commercial quantity of a controlled drug and attempting to possess an illegally imported drug.
The offences carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
No arrests have been made in China so far with investigations continuing.
Earlier this year, police warned that Australia had become a key target for traffickers due to the relative strength of the Australian dollar.
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