Two Sydney men charged over Australia and America's biggest-ever ice bust

Australian authorities said the seizure was the largest haul of methamphetamine ever recovered in the USA, the equivalent of 17 million individual hits.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure Thursday, saying a January 11 search turned up more than 3,800 pounds of meth, 56 pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of heroin.

Victoria state - Australia's second-most populous - consumes more than two tonnes of crystal meth every year, according to government figures.

The drugs were packaged with smaller quantities of cocaine and heroin, and were concealed in metal boxes labeled as loudspeakers.

The drugs were detected by U.S. authorities on January 9 with 25kgs of cocaine and 5kgs of heroin also located.

Police say Mexican drug cartels would have a special interest in Australia, as prices for illegal drugs are higher than most other places in the world.

Police said that six people arrested in Australia on Thursday and Friday were tied to a USA -based syndicate under investigation over the drugs.

It is alleged they were involved with the US-based crime syndicate under investigation over the shipment.

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American nationals Nasser Abo Abdo and Leonor Fajardo, both of Woodstock, fronted Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday on drugs charges, along with Tuan Ngoc Tran, of Keilor Downs.

"This is the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine. stopped before it had a chance to reach Australian streets", said AFP Asst.

Among the suspects are two Americans: a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. This is now flagging intent Australia is now being targeted.

Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Bruce Hill told a news conference in Melbourne that police now believe Mexican cartels are actively targeting Australia.

The Australian investigation unit was made up of the AFP, Victoria Police, the Australian Border Force (ABF), the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Department of Home Affairs.

A white van was searched and taken away from the scene.

"This is the largest seizure of ice bound for Australia ever".

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