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275kg of meth seized in Melbourne

VICTORIAN and Federal police have seized about $275 million of meth and charged eight people.

The Victorian Joint Organised Crime Task Force operation began in February in Melbourne after the group was identified as allegedly responsible for importing drugs into Australia.

Police said they intercepted three shipping containers linked to the group and found about 275kg of meth hidden under the floors.

They searched homes in Melbourne's South Yarra, Braybrook, Bayswater, Box Hill, Brunswick and Glen Waverley and charged seven Australians and a Malaysian.

AFP assistant commissioner Ian McCartney said the lengthy investigation had taken a significant quantity of drugs off Australian streets.

"The persistence and dedication of police and partner agencies has seen the interception and future destruction of more than two-and-a-half million hits of this insidious drug," he said.

"We will be relentless in our pursuit of organised crime. This result is a clear example of what the combined powers of all of our agencies can achieve."

The Victoria JOCTF is a made up of AFP, Victorian police and other agency specialists.

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