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‘Suspiciously large’ shipment of coconut water concealed huge transport of methamphetamine bound for Australia

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Customs seized 1.8 tonnes of liquid methamphetamine in the city’s largest meth seizure, authorities said.

The drugs, which were seized on October 23, had been concealed in bottles labeled as coconut water in a shipment that arrived in Hong Kong by sea, according to a government statement. The transport is estimated at HK$1.1 billion ($220 million).

Authorities have released images of the seized cargo bound for Australia.

Authorities found that 1,800 bottles out of a total of 7,700 bottles contained liquid methamphetamine. The bust is the largest ever meth deal in terms of quantity and market value.

Authorities are still investigating the case and no arrests have been made.

1.8 tonnes of liquid methamphetamine was seized in Hong Kong after a shipment from Mexico was discovered en route to Australia.

1.8 tonnes of liquid methamphetamine was seized in Hong Kong after a shipment from Mexico was discovered en route to Australia.

The drug stash was bound for Australia and had been shipped from Mexico via Hong Kong, according to authorities who spoke at a press conference on Saturday. In Australia, the market value of the drugs could reach around HK$8 billion ($1.6 billion).

The shipment had raised suspicions because it was unusually large for a shipment of coconut water from Mexico.

Hong Kong authorities last week seized methamphetamine at Hong Kong International Airport hidden in electrical transformers.

Hong Kong authorities last week seized methamphetamine at Hong Kong International Airport hidden in electrical transformers.Credit:PA

The transport of methamphetamine is the second found in shipments from Mexico to Australia in less than two weeks.