Australian police have seized more than AUS$1 billion (£500 million) in drugs from a shipment of silicone bra inserts.
According to authorities, the drugs bust is one of the biggest in Australia’s history, and the largest seizure of liquid methamphetamine, or ice, to date.
"This has resulted in 3.6 million individual hits of ice being taken off our streets," said Australia’s Federal Justice Minister Michael Keenan.
An inspection of an inbound shipping container from Hong Kong to Sydney by Australian immigration officials in December is what paved the way for the billion dollar bust.
The inspection led to the discovery of thousands of stick on gel bra inserts containing 190 litres of ice.
A further 530 litres of the drug was found concealed in art supplies and 2kg crystallised methylamphetamine.
Three Hong Kongers and a Chinese national have been charged over the haul, Australian Federal Police said in a statement yesterday.
Justice Minister Keenan said that the charges could result in life imprisonment.
"This is a devastating blow for the organized criminal gangs that peddle in ice and it shows you that if you do target the Australian market, we have the powers and the resources to prosecute you,” he added.
Australian police commander Chris Sheehan said “The resolution [of the operation] has stopped a billion dollars-worth of ice from reaching our streets.
“Police working with our JOCG (Joint Organised Crime Group) partner agencies continue to achieve significant ice seizures.”