Date
25 May 2017
The anti-drug operation 'has resulted in 3.6 million individual hits of ice being taken off our streets', Michael Keenan says. Photo: AFP
The anti-drug operation 'has resulted in 3.6 million individual hits of ice being taken off our streets', Michael Keenan says. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong drug shipment in bra inserts busted in Australia

Australian Federal Police have seized A$1 billion (US$710 million) worth of the drug “ice” in a shipment of silicon bra inserts and in art supplies, CNN reported.

The bust is one of the biggest in Australia’s history and the largest seizure of liquid methylamphetamine ever.

“This has resulted in 3.6 million individual hits of ice being taken off our streets,” federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan was quoted as saying.

Four people have been charged over the haul, which included 720 liters of the drug, police said Monday.

Australian customs first discovered about 190 liters hidden inside thousands of stick-on gel bras in a shipment from Hong Kong in December.

Delivery of the shipment was tracked to a storage facility, where a Hong Kong resident was arrested.

An additional 530 liters of the drug were then found concealed in art supplies stashed in storage units in Sydney.

Authorities have since arrested a Chinese national and two other Hong Kong residents.

Keenan said the Chinese Narcotic Control Commission had cooperated in the bust, as part of a task force set up specifically to try to combat the international ice smuggling market.

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