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THE PORCELAIN dolls arrived by mail, carefully packaged and left for pickup at an Old City shoe store.

But Christopher McDaniel was no doll collector.

Rather, the burly 54-year-old regularly took the dolls from the store to his Queen Village home, where he smashed them to bits for the treasure inside: millions of dollars worth of crystal methamphetamines smuggled from Mexico, police said.



Authorities yesterday arrested Mc-Daniel and 12 others for allegedly running a drug ring they say smuggled at least $6.6 million worth of crystal meth into Philadelphia that dealers then sold to thousands of users in Philadelphia and Bucks, Chester and Montgomery counties.

Dubbed "Operation Broken Doll," the investigation has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster: Mob connections, a beheading and bad guys with nicknames like "Jimmy Nutt" and "Kokomo Joe." Giant meth ring busted | Philadelphia Daily News | 09/20/2008
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Aussies catch big meth shipment...

Australia seizes record $682M in meth
April 5, 2017 -- Australian police announced the seizure of nearly one ton of illegal methamphetamine on Wednesday, found in a Melbourne-area warehouse.
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The drugs, which police valued at more than $682 million, were discovered in 70 boxes of a shipment of flooring material imported from China. Much of the 1,990 pounds of illegal drugs was found in February after an investigation lasting several months into a Chinese drug syndicate, Neil Gaughan, Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner, said.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan commented, "This is the biggest single seizure of ice [local slang for illegal drugs] in Australia's history. This ice shipment would have resulted in millions of single drug deals, with every single hit potentially taking a life, destroying a family and devastating a community."


Australian police displayed 1,990 pounds of methamphetamine on Tuesday. The drugs were found in a Melbourne warehouse in a shipment of floorboards from China. Police estimated the drugs' value at $682 million.

Authorities said the drug haul was the equivalent of 9 million separate doses of methamphetamine. Victoria Police assistant Police Commissioner Steve Fontana said Tuesday that 1.7 tons of methamphetamine had been seized since the start of the year in Victoria State.

Sam Biondo, chief of Victoria State's Alcohol and Drug Association, said at a display of the seized drugs, "On the surface, it looks like an incredible haul, but we can't forget that this comes on the back of many other incredible hauls." Two unidentified men, aged 53 and 36, have been charged with narcotics trafficking, and police are seeking two more men in connection with the seizure.

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158 pounds of crystal meth seized at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge...

Border Patrol Officers Seized More Than $3.2 Million in Crystal Meth Last Weekend
Sep 29, 2017 - Last weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 158 pounds of alleged crystal methamphetamine during two separate routine vehicle searches at the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge.
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On Saturday, September 23, CPB officers became suspicious of a 2009 GMC Sierra driven by a 29-year-old American citizen. After issuing a second examination of the car, a CPB canine unit alerted authorities to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle. A thorough search of the car found 32 packages of alleged crystal meth, totaling 122 pounds. Then on Monday, September 25, CPB officers again suspected a driver of smuggling drugs into the United States. Here, the canine unit discovered 36 pounds of alleged meth. This alleged drug smuggler was a 40-year-old Mexican citizen. Both drivers were arrested and the case was handed to Immigration Customs Enforcement. The drugs and vehicles were detained by authorities as well.

In total, the confiscated drugs are worth $3,247,816. “These significant narcotic seizures are examples of the remarkable border security work our CBP officers undertake on a daily basis,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry. “Our officers remain vigilant and continue to be successful in keeping these narcotics off our streets and away from our youth.” Earlier this month, CPB authorities confiscated nearly $4 million worth of alleged crystal methamphetamine hidden within a commercial trailer. CPB authorities are in charge of protecting the nation primarily from terror threats crossing the border, but their rigorous inspection process often yields millions worth of illegal drugs as well.


On Wednesday alone, El Paso port authorities seized 450 pounds of marijuana in five different searches. “The smuggling threat is consistent. Vigilant CBP officers are stepping up every day to stop drug loads,” said one CPB director. “The work we perform plays an important role in keeping our nation safe from all threats.Meth, in particular, is becoming increasingly popular on oil rigs in Texas. Texas has experienced a burst in expansion in the shale industry. Many workers take meth in order to stay on the job longer. The drug has the ability to "wire" people's brains so they can supposedly stay awake for 24 hours and work at a faster rate. One oil rig worker told Reuters, “(On meth) I’d work 24 hours…I was just plagued with fatigue and needed something to improve my work ethic.” According to the Albuquerque Journal, about 90 percent of meth consumed in the United States is manufactured in Mexico. This meth is often smuggled into the States in by various Mexican drug cartels. These cartels contribute to violence and murder in America due to the lucrative but dangerous black-market for drugs.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions noted earlier this year, “Drug cartels bring death and destruction across our Southern border and sell drugs that take lives all across America. The work our ICE officers do every day to keep these criminals out of our country and secure our border is heroic and makes all of us safer." But, as stated last year in a report by the New York Times, drug cartels have paid hundreds of Homeland Security officials nearly $15 million to “look the other way” to similar drug smuggling attempts over the last decade. President Donald J. Trump has vowed to stop drugs coming in via the southern border. In August, he declareda national emergency to address the opioid epidemic plaguing various communities around the U.S. In 2016, there were roughly 50,000 deaths caused by drug overdoses.

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