Largest US seizure of meth

By Gnostic13 · Feb 9, 2019 · ·
  1. Gnostic13
    7E462490-7B02-4A30-9183-3CADBD9D8307.jpeg Australian police have arrested six people after what authorities say was the largest-ever single seizure of methamphetamine in the United States

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 1,728 kilograms (3,800 pounds) of the drug were seized in mid-January at the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex along with smaller amounts of cocaine and heroin.

    The drugs were hidden in metal boxes and falsely labelled as loudspeakers. It was also the largest haul of meth, or ice, intercepted while bound for Australia.

    Australian authorities said Friday the joint U.S.-Australian operation had stopped "a tsunami of ice" from reaching Australia.

    The Australian Federal Police and Victoria State police said six people arrested in Australia on Thursday were tied to a U.S.-based syndicate under investigation over the drugs. Two of those arrested are Americans.

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    Written by: Associated Press, Feb 7, 2019, 6 people arrested after largest US-Australian seizure of 3,800 pounds of meth,

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  1. Gnostic13
    Apparently, there’s such a glut of meth saturating the US market that America now is becoming a major exporter of the drug
    1. Delia
      China is generally viewed as the largest trafficker of methamphetamine. There are a variety of reasons but mainly due to the availability of the compounds required for synthesis as they don’t follow a strict monitoring protocols.
    2. Robert Rinaldi
      While in Australia we pay prices you couldn't imagine and, now I know why the stuff in the last month has been very poor quality.
  2. jazzyj9
    Wow that’s a lot of meth. I guess Australia has a huge meth problem there. I wonder if they have access to more interesting substances that are mind expanding and less addictive.
    1. Gnostic13
      Well the street cost of meth is very high in Australia as compared right now to most of the US, so trafficking there is extremely lucrative. Not sure if they have anymore of a problem there on the streets as the US already has. But this is more indicative to me of the US having the real “problem”, as this cache was already in the US, whether it was manufactured here or smuggled in, and for such a large amount, if there was high demand for meth in the US currently then why bother risking smuggling it elsewhere? But as it stands, and from my own observations on the streets where I live, there indeed is a glut of high quality meth, and I won’t mention prices but let’s just say it’s pretty cheap. I think it’s become the DOC for many, especially for people who ordinarily use heroin but fall back on ice for its availability, cost and its ability to soothe dope sickness/withdrawals. If this ice is originating from Mexico then indeed the cartels are gaining the upper ground and are succeeding in their supposed plans to glut the market with cheap dope, dominate the market, get as many people hooked as they can, and maybe someday jack up the prices somewhat after the glut is reduced. And in the meanwhile make profit elsewhere in foreign markets like Aus and NZ and Europe. China and India has imposed stricter controls over their domestic precursor supply and manufacturing in the face of UN sanctions so they may not be prime players as much in the supply game. And if that is indeed the end game, they’re on the right track.
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  3. Gnostic13
    Wanted to add, The Mexicans may very well be using precursors of their own synthesis for p2p, cutting china out of being necessary for the procurement of such.
  4. angelraysmehigher
    We have a huge meth problem in Australia. No doubt about it and I'm sadly a part of it. And I truly believe it's beyond the resources and manpower of our combined state Police forces and the AFP too. Plus as with any drug offence, their approach is inefficient and damaging to people's lives, certainly with State force procedures, but I'm not as informed on how our AFP operate so can't say much there, but it's definitely in contrast.

    I'm a 90s baby and I honestly believe the majority of mine and the following Millenials are a lost generation. I never encountered meth or drugs at all in high school but I found out later after finishing that there was the odd bunch who did experiment with party drugs and the like but fast track to now 7 years on since I graduated, and even our local Catholic school with a huge reputation for nurturing diligent, successful and respectful students, have kids as young as 15 (year 9) doing meth. Shocking and so sad. I'm just thankful my first encounter was much later in life so my brain had some more time to mature before the assault, but these kids brains are still developing and maturing at that age and they're already assaulting it with meth.
    Also, I know addicts similar ages to me, that have just totally wrecked their lives from meth. They lost control all too quick and not only end up with tarnished records from crime but have proper fried their brains using so much. And with societal attitudes and treatment toward those with such reputations, it's certainly not easy for most to pick up their shattered pieces and rebuild themselves.

    But it begs the questions; how is this going to impact society? How are those already too far gone going to be able to contribute anything worthwhile to society and what costs to taxpayers will ensue, after the issue of their rehabilitation is finally addressed and perhaps becomes an election campaign for one of our dickhead politicians?
    What sort of lives will they have? What picture does that paint for the kids of those who didn't get caught up or got out early to lead normal lives? How high will the chances of exposure for them be by then? Society is already crazy; overworked, neglecting, absent and more, all factoring in to the detrimental repercussions of many unparented kids lacking the essential nurture time and supervision from the parents due to work and finance responsibilities.

    I sound pessimistic and bleak but watching what it is like here, how rife it is in my area, how destructive it is and how some people become, it's genuinely concerning, and it's definitely an issue that's being avoided and kept out, for the most part, of the public's attention.

    Edit: meth use is also, and which I found shocking, commonly intergenerational. Many kids do it because their parents do it and so it's just normal to them!
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  5. OpiateBanditATL
    Guess the addicts in Australia will be feeling “down under” I tried to make a funny. Everyone have a blessed day.
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  6. kumar420
    I just looked up the cost of meth here and was astonished. It fetches a higher price than heroin does! (From what I remember anyway).
    Odd for a drug that is fairly easily synthesised, but I guess that's due to the difficulty in procuring the required chemicals here and our stringent border protection laws. No wonder so many people destroy their lives so quickly. I would have thought the cost alone would prevent most people from developing a very serious addiction, but as addicts, we always seem to find a way to earn enough to pay for our DOC.
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