Australia: Largest Cocaine Bust on Record

Australia: Largest Cocaine Bust on Record

A major cocaine ring has been dismantled in joint operations with Tahiti, Australian police said in late 2016, with a record 1.1 metric tons of cocaine worth hundreds of millions of dollars seized. Police listed 600 kilograms of cocaine intercepted by the French Navy off Tahiti, 500 kilograms seized on Christmas Day in Sydney and 32 kilograms of heroin in Fiji — all destined for the Australian market.

“The size of that seizure collectively —
1.1 metric tons — makes it the largest cocaine seizure in Australian law enforcement history,” said Australian Federal Police Acting Assistant Commissioner Chris Sheehan.

The street value of the cocaine, shipped from South America to the South Pacific, was estimated at U.S. $260 million.  Agence France-Presse

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