LOS ANGELES (CNS) - U.S. and Australian authorities have intercepted a huge haul of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin headed for Australia from the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, federal authorities announced today.
The drugs were intercepted on Jan. 11 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, were “artfully concealed' in a shipment of loudspeakers, officials said.
Two U.S. and four Australian citizens, suspected of being part of U.S.- based transnational crime syndicate, were arrested, according to CBP.
The drugs were in three containers targeted for inspection, officials said.
“There's no question that the criminal organization behind this scheme has been dealt a significant blow,” said Joseph Macias, special agent- in-charge for Homeland Security Investigations Los Angeles.
“Along with our law enforcement partners here and around the world, we continue in a day-to-day battle against the blight of methamphetamine that continues to devastate our communities.”
Officers seized 3,810 pounds of methamphetamine, 55.9 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin, officials said.
An Australian law enforcement official called it “the biggest ever seizure of methamphetamine.”
Carlos C. Martel, CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles, praised the collaboration between U.S. and “Australian law enforcement partners in targeting an international high-scale narcotics operation, and the unity of effort in protecting our communities from the irreversible harm of harsh drugs like methamphetamine.”