They Looked Like Speakers. Agents Found So Much More

Customs and Border Protection stop biggest-ever meth shipment
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2019 5:30 PM CST
Agents Stop Biggest-Ever $1.29B Meth Shipment
This photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an officer extracting methamphetamine from a loudspeaker on Jan. 11, 2019 at the Los Angeles-Long Beach seaport.   (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)

What looked like a shipment of speakers leaving for Australia contained so much more—a record-high 1.7 tons of methamphetamine, ABC News reports. Customs and Border Protection also uncovered nearly 60 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin in the Jan. 11 seizure at Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. Total street value: $1.29 billion, say Australian officials. Two Americans and four Australians, all linked to a US-based transnational crime syndicate, have been arrested in what authorities are calling a "significant blow" to the crime group, the LA Times reports. (US authorities have also made their biggest-ever fentanyl bust.)

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