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  • 12 February 2014, 6:48

Australia Drugs Bust: 100m Meth In Kayaks

Australian police have seized almost 100m worth of methamphetamine hidden inside a shipment of kayaks from China.

Five people have also been arrested in Sydney in connection with the drugs, which have an estimated value of 98.7m.

Officers from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) discovered 402lbs of meth concealed inside the kayaks during the seizure last week.

A container from China was selected for an X-ray inspection which revealed 19 of the 27 kayaks inside contained packages of methamphetamine.

Four of those arrested were from Taiwan and the fifth is from Sydney. Two of those arrested have been charged with attempting to import drugs.

The others have been charged with possessing a commercial quantity of drugs.

They all face a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

Commander Ray Johnson, from the AFP, said the seizure was another example of collaborative efforts of law enforcement.

"This is a great example of authorities working together to identify and disrupt criminals who are seeking to import drugs into Australia," he said.

"The AFP and its partner agencies will continue to stop these harmful drugs from reaching our streets and affecting our neighbourhoods and communities."

The seizure follows a series of major drug busts in Australia.

In October, police seized 110m worth of meth hidden in tyres shipped from China.

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