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In what turned out to be one of the largest hauls of crystal meth and the biggest heroin bust in Australian history authorities smashed a Hong Kong-linked international drugs syndicate.
The bust was the culmination of a year-long operation following a tip-off from US authorities according to the Daily Mail.
"This was an 11 month investigation where we've had tight control over a number of people who we suspected of being involved in illicit narcotic importations," Australian deputy police commissioner Andrew Colvin said. "This has prevented half a billion dollars of drugs reaching Australian streets"
Seven people, four from Hong Kong and three from Australia, were detained. They ranged in age from between 29 and 61-years-old.
The drugs were hidden inside terracotta pots from Thailand.
Hiding place: A shipment of 3,200 terracotta pots from Thailand was used to conceal the drugs but the discovery has destroyed a Hong Kong-linked international drugs syndicate.