Australian police have arrested three Hong Kong residents and one mainland Chinese man in relation to the mass smuggling of liquid methamphetamine in the gel inserts of push-up bras, in what is the biggest haul of ice in Australian history.
In January, the first arrest linked to the haul was that of a Hong Kong man, 33. He was followed by another man and woman from Hong Kong, 37 and 52 respectively, and a Chinese man, 59.
Smuggled from China to Sydney (via Hong Kong), the drugs added up to a street value of 1.3 billion AUD ($900 million), SBS News reports.
“This has resulted in 3.6 million individual hits of ice being taken off our streets,” pronounced Australian justice minister Michael Keenan yesterday. Police had also found a further 530 litres of the gang’s meth stashed in art supplies across five warehouses in Sydney.
Thanks to a collaboration with Chinese police, known as “Taskforce Blaze,” Australian police recently have managed to seize a jaw-dropping amount of drugs smuggled from China. Last month, two other Chinese men were arrested in Sydney in relation to a haul worth 167.5 million AUD.
“China is in relatively close proximity to Australia and hence our focus on establishing Taskforce Blaze with the Chinese authorities,” said Australian Federal Police NSW State Manager Chris Sheehan.
Indeed, Australia is known to enjoy close ties with China in the fight against smuggling of sundry products, and we can all fondly anticipate continued cooperation.
[Images via Xinhua]