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Australia seizes $190m of drugs stashed in tyres

  • 11 October 2013
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An undated handout photo received on 11 October 2013 show tyres which contained methamphetamine with a street value of A$200m ($190m, £125m), which arrived in Melbourne on a truck from China
The methamphetamine was hidden in tyres of a truck

Australian officials say they have seized more than 200kg (441lbs) of the drug methamphetamine, hidden in the tyres of a truck.

Three men were arrested in Melbourne over the drugs, also known as meth or ice, worth an estimated A$200m ($190m, £118m).

This is the latest in a series of drug busts conducted by Australian officials.

Last month, officials made a record seizure of the drug ephedrine.

A joint task-force in the cities of Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne conducted the operation, according to a statement from the Australian Federal Police.

The shipment containing the medium-sized truck arrived in Melbourne from China on 1 October, local reports say.

Graham Krisohos, an official from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, said there was nothing unusual about the truck, but the concealed drugs showed up on X-ray.

Two of the three men arrested were dock workers.

Last month, Australian officials said they made one of the largest seizures of the drug ephedrine, hidden in a shipment from India to Melbourne.

A joint agency task force seized A$200m worth of the drug, which is used to make crystal methamphetamine.

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