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Australian police seize $160 million worth of meth

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 | 4:40 p.m.

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police say they have seized about 180 million Australian dollars ($162 million) worth of methamphetamine hidden inside kayaks shipped from China.

Australian Federal Police said Wednesday that five people have been arrested in Sydney in connection with the drug bust.

Customs officials discovered 183 kilograms (403 pounds) of meth last week while inspecting a shipment of kayaks.

Four of the people arrested are from Taiwan, and one is from Sydney. Two were charged with attempting to import drugs, and the others charged with possessing a commercial quantity of drugs. They face a maximum of life in prison if convicted.

Australian officials have made several major drug busts in recent months. In October, police seized AU$200 million worth of meth hidden in the tires of a truck shipped from China.