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Australian polices sieze $160 million worth of meth

SYDNEY (AP) - Australian police seized about 180 million Australian dollars ($162 million) worth of methamphetamine hidden inside kayaks shipped from China, officials said Wednesday.

Five people were arrested in Sydney on Tuesday after customs officials discovered 183 kilograms (403 pounds) of meth last week while inspecting a shipment of kayaks from China, the Australian Federal Police said. Nineteen of 27 kayaks in the shipment had bags of meth stuffed inside the watertight areas of the boats, said Tim Fitzgerald, regional director for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Four of the five people arrested are from Taiwan, and one is from Sydney. Two were charged with attempting to import drugs, and the others were charged with possessing a commercial quantity of drugs. They each face a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

Australian officials have made a series of major drug busts in recent months. In October, police seized about AU$200 million worth of meth hidden in the tires of a truck shipped from China.

Meth-Filled Kayak: Drug Smugglers Caught in Australia

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johnvivatrex February 12 2014 at 1:54 PM

What is the point in keeping them in an Australian jail for life. With their contacts THEY WILL ENSURE THAT THE PRISON POPULATION IS WELL SUPPLIED. It happens in prisons worldwide. So either come to an agreement with China/Taiwan to keep them im their prisons for life, or execute them.
If they have families in Australiaa, their assets should be seized before being extradited to their own country.
"Lessons will be learned" but only if the penalties are so great that the distributors at source will stop this vile trade.

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dstauff1093 February 12 2014 at 1:51 PM

Hey dumb ass. The plural of police IS police not "polices".

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Charlie February 12 2014 at 1:26 PM

All drug dealers who are convicted should face a rope and short drop.

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johnvivatrex February 12 2014 at 1:55 PM


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avl14 February 12 2014 at 1:06 PM

hey it is not blue.....lol

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jar6082992 February 12 2014 at 12:59 PM

hmmm, perhaps if we start seizing the whole cargo from the country of origin that shipped the drugs, we might reduce our trade deficit by refusing to pay for their goods.

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MEL BERNS February 12 2014 at 12:55 PM

legalize pot concentrate on hard drugs

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johnvivatrex February 12 2014 at 1:56 PM

It all begins with pot, then on to the hard stuff.

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neandrdoll February 12 2014 at 12:40 PM

Not to be overly cynical, but TV shows like "Breaking Bad" do tend to glamorize this filthy poison to a degree. Sadly, where there is a demand, there will always be a supply.

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richyalf February 12 2014 at 12:37 PM

Good thing they only export kayacs.

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lakers84 February 12 2014 at 12:27 PM

meth has got to be one of the worst drugs in HISTORY...do you see what it does to people...dealers of this POISON should be EXECUTED WORLD WIDE...you have got to be a complete LOSER to smoke this trash!! 420 4ever!!

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WELCOME HOME February 12 2014 at 12:23 PM

IT IS PART OF CHEMICAL WARFARE. The drugs come before the invasion. Not to worry AUSTRALIA everybody has the right to bear arms. Oh they took yours away? Everybody sing Waltzing Chop Suey. IT WILL BE A WHILE BEFORE YOU LOSE YOUR COUNTRY. WE ARE FIRST.

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