SYDNEY, Australia — Australian police have seized 558 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and heroin with a street value of up to US$525 million smuggled into the country in a shipment of terracotta pots.
Australian Federal Police say four Hong Kong nationals and three Australians were arrested in Sydney on Monday. Each faces a potential life sentence if convicted on drug charges.
Police said Tuesday that the 306 kilograms of crystal meth is the largest seizure of the drug in Australia. The 252 kilograms of heroin is the third-largest haul of its kind.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration alerted Australian authorities to the plot last August.
Police will not say where the drugs came from.