Australian polices sieze $160 million worth of meth

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An Australian Customs officer (C) and a Australian Federal Police officer (R) inspect one of the 27 kayaks seized after Australian authorities found Aus$180 million (US$162 million) of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China, in Sydney on February 12, 2014. Four Taiwanese nationals were arrested afte the 183-kilogramme (402-pound) haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney's container port. AFP PHOTO / William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian Federal Police and Customs officers (L) speak at a press conference after Australian authorities found Aus$180 million (US$162 million) of methamphetamine (R) stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China, in Sydney on February 12, 2014. Four Taiwanese nationals were arrested afte the 183-kilogramme (402-pound) haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney's container port. AFP PHOTO / William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Australian Federal Police officers load methamphetamine to take to a vault after Australian authorities found Aus$180 million (US$162 million) of the drug stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China, in Sydney on February 12, 2014. Four Taiwanese nationals were arrested afte the 183-kilogramme (402-pound) haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney's container port. AFP PHOTO / William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
An Australian Federal Police officer (L) inspects seized methamphetamine after Australian authorities found Aus$180 million (US$162 million) of the drug stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China, in Sydney on February 12, 2014. Four Taiwanese nationals were arrested afte the 183-kilogramme (402-pound) haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney's container port. AFP PHOTO William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
An Australian Customs officer (C) and a Australian Federal Police officer (R) inspect one of the 27 kayaks seized after Australian authorities found Aus$180 million (US$162 million) of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China, in Sydney on February 12, 2014. Four Taiwanese nationals were arrested afte the 183-kilogramme (402-pound) haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney's container port. AFP PHOTO / William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
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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.

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