Huge $1.7BILLION Amount Of Meth Is Found In Canola Oil Bottles After Shipments Seized In Australia And Canada – Making It One Of The Largest Drug Sights Ever Down Under
- $1.7 billion in meth was seized by police during Operation Parkes
- Four shipments seized in Australia and Canada
- The meth was hidden in canola oil bottles
More than $1.7 billion worth of meth has been found hidden in shipments of canola oil in one of Australia’s largest-ever drug busts.
A total of four shipments were reportedly sent Down Under between the end of 2022 and June 2023, with the first being intercepted and the next three not leaving Canada.
Nearly 3,000 liters of liquid meth were intercepted by police in January, leading officers to discover the alleged international smuggling plot in March.
The Australian Federal Police then worked with Canadian police to prevent the shipments of the drug from leaving Canada en route to Melbourne.
Six tons of liquid and crystal meth were discovered on shipments before they were seized by police – equivalent to 19 million hits of the dangerous drug.
Meanwhile, Victorian police carried out raids on Wednesday and made six arrests in connection with the shipments, dubbed Operation Parkes, in western Melbourne.
One of Australia’s largest drug busts has uncovered $1.7 billion in meth hidden in canola oil bottles as key players behind the alleged human trafficking syndicate face charges (part of the seizure pictured)
Reportedly, a total of four shipments would be sent Down Under between late 2022 and June 2023, with the first intercepted and the next three not leaving Canada (part of the seizure pictured)
Six men were arrested and charged in the sting, including two men, 38 and 32, who are said to be key figures in charge of the operation.
The 38-year-old man from Melbourne is believed to have ties to a Canadian crime network and is accused of being the “primary onshore facilitator” for the importation.
The other man, 32, is said to have used his position within a logistics company to transport the meth.
The two men now face life in prison and charges of large-scale drug importation and possession.
The other men, ages 51, 28, 26 and 19, are charged with trying to buy the meth once on land.
Six men were arrested and charged in the sting, including two men, 38 and 32, who are said to be key figures in charge of the operation
The two men now face life in prison and charges of large-scale drug importation and possession
All six are due to appear in court in Melbourne and police have said they expect more charges in connection with the alleged syndicate.
The arrest was described as ‘an extraordinary blow to organized crime’ by Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill.
“Our message to these international drug lords is very clear: We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement and intelligence partners to crack down on your operations,” Deputy Commissioner Hill said.
It comes on the heels of two other massive drug seizures recently, including a $1bn worth of cocaine en route to WA and nearly $1.6bn worth of drugs hidden in marble stone discovered in Sydney.