Chinese, Malaysians charged after large Australia drug haul

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SYDNEY: Fourteen suspected members of an international drug ring were charged in Australia Friday over a Aus$200 million (US$145 million) seizure of the drug ice, police said. The 14 include eight Chinese crew from a commercial fishing boat along with six Malaysians. Border forces detected the boat off Australia’s west coast on April 27, but when it was boarded at sea several days later no drugs were found. Police said their inquiries led instead to two properties in the Western Australia state capital Perth with 150 kilograms (330 pounds) of crystal methylamphetamine, or ice, found in one and 50 kilograms in the other. Police called it the biggest seizure of methylamphetamine in Western Australia this year, adding that they would allege in court they had disrupted and dismantled a significant organized crime network.

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