$451m in drugs seized in Australia

2013-02-28 10:04

Sydney - Police seized 585kg of methamphetamines worth $451m in the biggest haul in Australia's history of fighting the trade in illicit drugs.

"This is a hideous, insidious drug," New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said Thursday. "This is the sort of drug that sends people mad."

Three men - a 21-year-old Australian, a 32-year-old Singaporean and a 51-year-old from Hong Kong - have been charged and further arrests are expected.

Scipione said the Asian Crime Squad were tipped off in September about consignments of the drug commonly called ice being shipped in by container from Shenjing in China.

"We're very fortunate that somebody took the time to make that phone call," he said.

The previous record haul of methamphetamines was 300kg.