$900m drug bust exposes Mexico-Australia cartel ties

Record US meth haul intercepted by Australian authorities

Police said the raids stopped more than 17 million potential drug deals.

Someone's in TONNES of trouble!

Authorities say the 1,728kg (3,800lb) stash - the largest ever intercepted drug shipment to Australia - was found in January at a port in California.

"The Australian public who are consuming ice and other drugs are permitting organized crime to flourish", Hill said. The estimated street value of the meth was 1.29 billion AUD, or $911 million and was also the largest-ever shipment intended for Australia.

Assistant Commissioner Hill is urging ice users to get help.

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The investigation appeared to reveal cooperation between Mexican cartels and Australian biker gangs, developing what authorities say is a worrying new vector for drugs to arrive to Australia.

As part of their investigation, the Australian Federal Police and police in the southern state of Victoria arrested six people, including an American couple living in the Melbourne suburb of Woodstock. Two of those arrested are Americans.

Three of the people arrested will face Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

Police were alerted to the alleged drug syndicate's enormous planned import when a country policeman in regional Victoria pulled over a driver and found a small amount of drugs in the auto.

Police said some members of the group are Australian nationals with Vietnamese backgrounds.

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"They are one of the major and most powerful organised crime cartels now operating", Mr Hill said.

Dr John Coyne, head of the Border Security Program at the Strategic Police Institute, told Neil Mitchell "it's further evidence (international drug cartels) are expanding into our space for distribution".

The operation also involved raids in British Columbia on Thursday by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, which resulted in the seizure of "a significant quantity" of suspected proceeds of crime, police said.

"By stopping this, we have ensured criminals will not profit from the vast pain these drugs would have caused our community", AFP Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told reporters.

In a statement Thursday, Customs and Border Protection officials confirmed almost two tons of meth were confiscated in Los Angeles last month as it was bound for Australia.

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