in Western Australia have seized a record 1.2 metric tonne shipment of
methamphetamine, a statement from the Australian
Federal Police (AFP) says.
The meth haul, worth 1.04 billion
Australian dollars ($800 million), is the largest in Australian history and is
believed to have originated in China. The swoop required months of work and the
cooperation of multiple Australian agencies.
Eight Australian men were charged with offences carrying a
maximum sentence of life imprisonment, police in Western Australia state said
in a statement.
“We are striking at the top end of drug trafficking before it
gets further down the distribution chain,” Western Australia Police
Commissioner Chris Dawson said.
The drugs were collected from a ship called the Valkoista,
police said, and were then offloaded into a white hire van at a dock in
Geraldton, about 375 km (230 miles) north of the Western Australia capital,
Tactical police intercepted the van as it reversed away from the
Police arrested the van’s three occupants, all from the eastern
Australian state of New South Wales. Three others were arrested on the
Valkoista and the remaining two were charged in Perth.
Police said they suspected the drugs were destined for
Australia’s more populous east coast.
Methamphetamine, popularly known as ‘meth’ or ‘speed’ is one of the
most dangerous recreational drugs and it causes strain on the vital organs and
increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Psychologically, the victims
suffer from violent mood swings and often tend to attempt suicide. In course of
time, they will have no friends as they become violent in their relationship.
They cannot make sound judgments; finally, they lose their social lives and
jobs as well.