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Australian police seize drugs worth up to $525M
Monday - 7/30/2012, 10:36pm EDT
SYDNEY (AP) - Australian police have seized 558 kilograms (1,230 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine and heroin with a street value of up to 500 million Australian dollars ($525 million) smuggled into the country in a shipment of terracotta pots.
Australian Federal Police say four Hong Kong nationals and three Australians were arrested in Sydney on Monday. Each faces a potential life sentence if convicted on drug charges.
Police said Tuesday that the 306 kilograms (675 pounds) of crystal meth _ or ice _ is the largest seizure of the drug in Australia. The 252 kilograms (556 pounds) of heroin is the third-largest haul of its kind.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration alerted Australian authorities to the plot last August. Police will not say where the drugs came from.
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