Brits arrested in record Australia drug bust

Two British men aged 51 and 40 were arrested in Australia, along with a 26-year-old Queensland man, and face charges relating to drug possession and supply.

Published: 14th August 2019 12:31 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th August 2019 12:31 PM   |  A+A-

drugs, representational image

For representational purposes

By AFP

SYDNEY: Four British men were arrested in Australia and New Zealand in an international drugs sting that netted a record haul of potent MDMA, Australian police said Wednesday. 

Authorities seized 766 kilograms (1,670 pounds) of the "highest purity" MDMA recorded in Queensland state, with a conservative street value of AUD 90 million (USD  61 million).

The bust involved coordination between Australian, New Zealand and British authorities.

"Organised crime syndicates are making significant profit at the expense of our Australian community but more importantly they are placing our young people's health at risk," Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker, of Queensland police, said in a statement.

Police said the MDMA was to be sold in pill and capsule form. 

"We believe the drug would have been diluted with other agents and had the potential to make between six and 12 million capsules," Wacker added.

Two British men aged 51 and 40 were arrested in Australia, along with a 26-year-old Queensland man, and face charges relating to drug possession and supply.

New Zealand police charged two more men from the UK, aged 60 and 49, after a separate linked bust of 200 kilograms of methamphetamine last week.

A 51-year-old woman was also arrested in Australia with connections to the syndicate.

Authorities estimate that Australians consume over 1.1 tonnes of MDMA each year.

Australian police in June seized a record 1.6 tonnes of methylamphetamine worth an estimated Aus$1.2 billion hidden in speakers after a shipment arrived in Melbourne.

The country has a growing problem with meth, known as "ice", with a government report released last year showing Australia has proportionally more users than most nations.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp