Australian police have arrested six people after what authorities say was the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States.
The consignment has an estimated street value in Australia of $1.29 billion.
Australian authorities said it was also the largest haul of the drug intercepted while bound for Australia and would have provided around 17 million hits of the substance also known as ice.
Two U.S. citizens and four Australian citizens were arrested as part of the bust.
"The JOCTF investigation demonstrated the effectiveness of Australian and global authorities working together to stamp out illicit drug importation, and I wish to thank our USA counterparts for their expert involvement in this investigation".
A violent Mexican cartel is one of several targeting Australia's drug market, say local and worldwide police who busted a record $1 billion haul of ice headed to the country.
A joint taskforce of Australian Federal Police, Border Force and Victoria Police raided properties across Melbourne yesterday at Woodstock, Pakenham and Campbellfield.
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Video released by the AFP shows a number of boxes containing large white bricks of the drug, and three people being taken into custody.
Three raids in Sydney on Thursday led to the arrest of two men aged 25 and 31, and seizure of 2kg of cocaine.
"They have been sending smaller amounts over the years, this is now flagging their intent".
Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told a news conference in Melbourne that police now believe Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia. The drugs were in two containers that had been destined for Australia.
"We've got money, and we're willing to pay more for our drugs than anywhere else in the world". We have averted a tsunami of ice to Australia.
"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the enormous pain these drugs would have caused our community", AFP Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters.
The previous record of seized methylamphetamine bound for Australia was 1.3 tonnes found in Western Australia in December 2017.