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Australia's Biggest Meth Bust Ever Nets Half-Ton Haul

HERALD SUN ( Australia), SKY NEWS (UK)


SYDNEY –Australian police have seized 585 kilograms of pure methamphetamine in Sydney bound to flush the major Australian cities. The haul was estimated at $438 million in street value, in what is largest seizure ever of methamphetamine down under.

Police had been tipped off in September about “suspicious activity” in a west Sydney storage unit, reported the Herald Sun. “One phone call was the one thread that allowed us to pull and unravel a syndicate that will be stopped forever,” stated New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, as quoted by Sky News.

Scipione said three people, an Australian, a Singaporean and a Hong Kong passport holder, have been arrested, with other arrests likely, Sky News reports.

This seizure is the result of a six-month investigation by the Joint Organised Crime Group (a multi-agency cooperation unit targeting drug trafficking) and the NSW police. Both units reckoned the high-purity product was part of a Chinese operation.

Authorities say it is more than twice as big as the previous record bust in Australia. The world record seizure is still held by the Mexican army when they arrested members of the powerful Sinaloa cartel for storing 15 tons of meth back in 2009.

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Netflix And Chills: “Dear Child” Has A German Formula That May Explain Its Success

The Germany-made thriller has made it to the “top 10” list of the streaming platform in more than 90 countries by breaking away from conventional tropes and mixing in German narrative techniques.

Screengrab from Netflix's Dear Child, showing two children, a boy and a girl, hugging a blonde woman.

An investigator reopens a 13-year-old missing persons case when a woman and a child escape from their abductor's captivity.

Dear Child/Netflix
Marie-Luise Goldmann


BERLIN — If you were looking for proof that Germany is actually capable of producing high-quality series and movies, just take a look at Netflix. Last year, the streaming giant distributed the epic anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front, which won four Academy Awards, while series like Dark and Kleo have received considerable attention abroad.

And now the latest example of the success of German content is Netflix’s new crime series Dear Child, (Liebes Kind), which started streaming on Sep. 7. Within 10 days, the six-part series had garnered some 25 million views.

The series has now reached first place among non-English-language series on Netflix. In more than 90 countries, the psychological thriller has made it to the Netflix top 10 list — even beating the hit manga series One Piece last week.

How did it manage such a feat? What did Dear Child do that other productions didn't?

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