Australian police seize $190 million worth of meth

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Associated Press

Posted on October 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 12:30 AM

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police have seized around 200 million Australian dollars ($190 million) worth of methamphetamine hidden in the tires of a truck shipped from China.

The Australian Federal Police agency said Friday that three Melbourne men were arrested after officials found more than 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of the drug in a shipment that arrived in Melbourne on Oct. 1.

Police say two of the three men arrested were dock workers in Melbourne. The men face charges of importing and attempting to possess drugs and face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Australia is becoming an increasingly lucrative market for international drug networks because of the strength of the local currency and resilience of the national economy compared to other wealthy nations.

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