Australian Police

Australian police seize $898m haul of ice

They said it was the largest methylamphetamine seizure in Australia's history and was a joint operation between Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police.

Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan's office said the drugs were sandwiched between a shipment of wooden floorboards.

Two men have been charged with drug trafficking offences.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised police and security services for the intercept.

Australia makes 'largest ever' crystal meth seizure

The 903kg (1990lb) haul of the drug, also called ice, is estimated to have a street value of A$898m (£546m; $680m), Justice Minister Michael Keenan said.

The drugs were concealed between floorboards in a shipment sent to Melbourne, according to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

Two men have been charged with drug trafficking offences.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull praised the police operation, describing drug traffickers as "merchants of death".

Australian police seize more than a ton of cocaine in record-breaking bust

The December 25 bust, along with a seizure of 1336 pounds (606 kilograms) of cocaine from the same syndicate earlier this year, was worth about $259 million (AUD$360 million) and is Australia's largest ever haul from a single cartel.

Police said it was among their ten largest seizures ever.

The investigation, codenamed Operation Okesi, was a joint effort between Australian Federal Police, New South Wales Police and Australia's Border Force.