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Australian Police Seize Record $771 Million Meth Haul Arriving by Sea; arrested 8

Authorities 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, Perth.

Tactical police intercepted the van as it reversed away from the dock.

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.

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