3 charged over Australia’s largest crystal meth seizure

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police say three people have been charged with the largest seizure of methamphetamine in Australia that was smuggled to Melbourne from Bangkok in stereo speakers.

Police on Thursday estimate the 1.596 metric tons (1.759 U.S. tons) of the drug also known as ice and crystal meth had a street value of AU$1.197 billion ($818 million).

A police statement says the 37 kilograms (82 pounds) of heroin also seized is the largest haul of that drug in Australia since 2017.

Two men, aged 37 and 38, and a 37-year-old woman will appear in a Melbourne court on Thursday charged with drug importation offenses that carry potential life prison sentences, police said. They have not been named.

The arrests were made Wednesday after the seizure in April.