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Australia seizes $206m of meth in kayaks from China

Published on Feb 12, 2014 10:33 AM
 
An Australian Customs officer (centre) and a Australian Federal Police officer inspect one of the 27 kayaks seized after Australian authorities found AUD$180 million (S$206 million) of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China, in Sydney on Feb 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Authorities in Australia have seized A$180 million (S$206 million) of methamphetamine stashed in a consignment of kayaks from China and arrested four Taiwanese nationals, police said on Wednesday.

The 183kg haul was discovered during a joint Australian Federal Police and Customs and Border Protection Service operation at Sydney's container port.

Border officers selected a container from China for X-ray inspection which revealed that 19 of the 27 kayaks inside contained packages of methamphetamine, or crystal meth.

Police then conducted a controlled delivery of the container to a storage facility in Sydney, and on Tuesday arrested three men and one woman - all Taiwanese - after they allegedly went to pick up the drugs.

 
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