It was hidden in a shipment marked “speakers” and was headed Down Under, but the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Patrol announced this week that they made the largest bust involving methamphetamine in Los Angeles on January 11.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the seizure Thursday, saying a Jan. 11 search turned up more than 3,800 pounds of meth, 56 pounds of cocaine and 11 pounds of heroin. Officials said the drugs weighed 1.7 tons.
The shipment, marked as “loudspeakers,” was bound for Australia, the CBP statement said.
“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,” said Joseph Macias, special agent-in-charge for Homeland Security Investigations in Los Angeles.
“Through a collaborative effort — pooling our information, resources and expertise — we are keeping this dangerous contraband from reaching our streets and potentially saving lives.”
U.S. authorities said it was the largest-ever domestic seizure of methamphetamine.
The tip that the shipment was being assembled came from Australian officials. Law Enforcement in Victoria caught wind it was coming their way and asked their American counterparts for help.
Australian authorities said two Americans were arrested — a 52-year-old man and 46-year-old woman — along with four Australians, who were scheduled to appear in Melbourne court Friday.
As much as Americans, and our dear leader President Donald Trump, focus on the damage done to citizens, residents and their families in the United States, the illicit drug trade is really worldwide. We tend to forget that. Finding such a huge shipment of meth disrupts the supply chain and not only keeps the drugs off the streets, and their destructive effects from occurring, but it assists law enforcement in tracing the sources of these substances.