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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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iltedesco February 12 2014 at 12:31 AM

I assume you are all aware that Taiwan is a separate country and not part of the Peoples Republic. I am not a big supporter of China, but this headline is misleading.

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iltedesco iltedesco February 12 2014 at 12:35 AM

So, did the drugs come from China, in which case the Chinese should be condemned. Their government is aware of everything that goes on. Or did they come from Taiwan?

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pruettee February 12 2014 at 12:47 AM

The Australian Police just saved a couple lives.

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allencitrus pruettee February 12 2014 at 1:56 AM

$160 million worth? Thats a heck of lot more than a couple of lives - thousands

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KAREN LYNN February 12 2014 at 10:04 AM

Well a bunch off the streets. And alot more to go!! Just keep on doing your job!!
WELL DONE!!! :)

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deebronx2plzu February 12 2014 at 1:38 AM

Great job !!! :D

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Hi Gary deebronx2plzu February 12 2014 at 1:59 AM

Echo that.

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ocgiraldo February 12 2014 at 2:05 AM

They said that the KAYAKS were consignments shipped from CHINA....not that the individuals involved were from China...so what we have here is 4 people from Taiwan and one from Australia shipping Kayaks full of meth to Australia from China!! Read closer peeps...either way, that's a boatload (pardon the pun) of dope that's not gonna hit the streets!!! Congrats to the Australian Police...

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newpaint01 ocgiraldo February 12 2014 at 6:11 AM

tells me someone in china customs is being paid to close the old eyes to whats being shipped

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Dee February 12 2014 at 9:48 AM

Life in prison just means they get free room and board. Or they break down give a little information and then get relocated, a new name, new life and unknown amount of money. This is so WRONG. They should get the Death Penalty. How many deaths would all of their drugs have caused? Have a trial, once convicted give them 1 opportunity within 1 year for an appeal. The appeal Can Not drag on beyond 6 months. If a convict looses their appeal they are put to death. Good job on the bust Australia!!!!!!

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sw33tman Dee February 12 2014 at 10:19 AM

"Beware of those in whom the urge to punich is strong." ---F. Nietzsche

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sw33tman sw33tman February 12 2014 at 10:25 AM

(Or is that "punizsche"??)

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Thomas sw33tman February 12 2014 at 10:26 AM

You mean someone like God? By the way, the word is "punish," not "punich."

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Goddess February 12 2014 at 3:17 AM

ok, ocgiraldo~I read the article, and it clearly states that the kayaks were from China. AND there was another bust made coming in from CHINA, that was also full of meth. " In October, police seized about AU$200 million worth of meth hidden in the tires of a truck shipped from China."
Still think it's not a problem with shipments FROM CHINA?
Time to stop shipments FROM CHINA, until they can guarantee that they aren't complacent in the smuggling. And that should be here in America as well.

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pilot3388u February 12 2014 at 5:13 AM

I hope they check other simular products, I doubt they were only using kayaks, and I doubt they were only sending them to Australia. Good job, well done.

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Thomas February 12 2014 at 9:46 AM

Great for the Australian police and society as a whole.
I know the ravages of meth, as it has happened to people I know: So, anyone who sells or even produces that garbage should be strung up --- immediately.

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sw33tman Thomas February 12 2014 at 10:24 AM

Those who promote collectivism, state supremacy (statism) and the initiation of the use of force are the ones who ought to be "strung up"---except that promoting the above-enumerated evils is a form of free speech and no punishments ought to be forthcoming.

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sirhalllaw February 12 2014 at 6:31 AM

This amount of Meth could not have been produced without the knowledge and, likely, assistance of the Chinese Government. Chemists need to analyze the quality and that will either confirm my suspicions or not. Larry

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