A record-breaking 1.8-tonne shipment of liquid methamphetamine has been seized in Hong Kong by Australian police. The estimated street value of the haul is a huge $1 billion.
The staggering amount of Class A Drugs was found hidden within cartons of coconut water and was bound for Australia from Hong Kong.
Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in Hong Kong led a joint operation alongside Hong Kong Customs & Excise (HKCE) to intercept what they described as a "record-breaking" bust.
The AFP said the shipment was identified using intelligence developed by AFP officers situated in Mexico and the Australian Department of Home Affairs.
In a statement, they said, "international cooperation" then led HKCE to locate the meth on 23 October. Authorities reported that the illicit shipment was set to be shipped to New South Wales.
An AFP statement said: "Mexican-based officers used their international network to alert AFP officers in Hong Kong about the suspicious consignment being shipped from Mexico to Australia via Hong Kong.
"Ongoing investigations are underway to identify the transnational serious organised criminals involved in the plot".
Detective Superintendent Patrick Gordon, said: "The harsh reality is that Australia's problem of illicit drug use is bankrolling a raft of dangerous and brutal cartels, triads, and outlaw motorcycle gangs.
"These criminals undermine our national security and our economy. They make our suburbs and roads less safe.
"This amount of meth could have been sold as about 18 million street level deals, so the NSW and Australian community is safer because these drugs were seized."