Australian customs found about 183 kilos (436 freaking pounds) of meth hidden inside a shipment of kayaks entering the country from China, and have arrested five people involved. The drugs are estimated to value some 163 million USD, or about 988 million yuan, because apparently meth is really, really expensive.
The drugs were hidden in the linings of 19 kayaks, and were spotted when customs agents x-rayed the shipment. Chinese meth use and export has, troublingly, been growing in recent months and Australia is a lead consumer. The Guardian reports:
In the past 14 months, customs had found more than 1000kg of meth in liquid and crystal form. […]
[Customs regional director, Tim Fitzgerald] said the drug was a “significant problem” for border protection authorities and a significant amount came from China.
Four Taiwanese nationals were arrested in connection to the smuggling, as well as an Australian man. These five are surely only the tip of the iceberg, and Australian courts are taking the case very seriously, and will likely face around 15 years worth of jail-time.
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