Australian police have seized drugs worth over $500 million dollars and broken up a Hong Kong-based drugs ring.
Four Hong Kong nationals and three Australian residents were also arrested in raids in Sydney on Monday.
Over half a ton of drugs, including 306 kg (674.61 lb) of crystal methamphetamine – also known as ”ice” – and 252 kg of heroin, were seized.
The haul is the largest seizure of ”ice” and the third largest seizure of heroin, police said.
Australian police have seized drugs worth over $500 million dollars and broken up a Hong Kong-based drugs ring
The drugs are estimated to be worth A$500 million (US$526 million), the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a statement.
The raids and arrests followed a year-long investigation.
“Countless lives would have been affected had this seizure made its way to Australian streets,” Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin told Australian media.
He said investigations would continue and more arrests could take place.
The investigations into the syndicate began in August 2011 after a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, police said. The drugs were found in a shipment of terracotta pots on 19 July.
The suspects will face charges for importing and possessing drugs in a Sydney court.
New York Police announced that a bag containing 16 kg (35.5lb) of cocaine was found at the United Nations headquarters in the city last week.
The drugs were in a bag printed with a version of the UN symbol which arrived at the organization’s mailroom, setting off a security alert.
Spokesman Paul Browne said the bag seemed to have been delivered by accident.
There was no name or address on the shipment sent from Mexico City through Cincinnati, Paul Browne added.
New York Police announced that a bag containing 16 kg (35.5lb) of cocaine was found at the United Nations headquarters in the city last week
The white bag raised suspicions when it was being scanned because a poor imitation of a UN logo had been stamped on it, apparently in an attempt to pass it off as official baggage.
Inside the bag, the drug was hidden in hollowed-out notebooks, UN undersecretary-general for safety and security, Gregory Starr, told reporters.
“In my humble opinion this was the work of narcotics traffickers that were trying to ship something into the United States and their plan must have gone wrong,” Gregory Starr was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.
UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told AP news agency that neither the UN nor anyone located at its headquarters was the intended recipient of the shipment.