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Australia: Van that plowed into police cars found full of crystal meth

A search of the van found 273 kilograms of methylamphetamine with a street value of well in excess of $100 million. Sydney police called it "one of the easiest drug busts" in their history.

A man driving a van loaded with 273 kilograms (602 pounds) of methylamphetamine with a street value of AU$200 million dollars (€125 million/$140 million) as crystal meth was arrested after he crashed into two patrol cars in front of a police station in Sydney, police said Tuesday.

Police spokesman Glyn Baker described the incident as "one of the easiest drug busts” the New South Wales police ever had. 

Read more: Australia police make record meth drug bust

"This man has certainly had a very, very bad day. Crashing into a police vehicle with that amount of drugs on board is somewhat unheard of — it's an exceptional set of circumstances," he said.

Police located and stopped the van within around an hour of the incident, which was captured on CCTV.

Australien Sydney | Mit Drogen beladenes Fahrzeug rammt Polizeiauto (picture-alliance/AP Photo/NSW Police)

One patrol car was totalled. Nobody was injured.

The driver, a 28-year-old man, was arrested and charged with large commercial drug supply and negligent driving.

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Australians consume an estimated 9.6 tons of methylamphetamine per year, making it the most widely consumed illicit drug after cannabis.

According to government health figures, 6.3% of those aged 14 years and over have used the highly addictive drug one or more times in their life and 1.4% have used it in the past year.

cw/msh (AP, dpa)

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