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Australian police arrest suspected drug dealer after it crashed meth-packed van into police car

SYDNEY: A suspected drug carrier crashed a van packed with methamphetamines into a patrol car parked outside a police station in Sydney, Australia.

After the crash, the suspected drug dealer has been arrested.

The suspect hit the police car at speed, crushing its bonnet, on Monday before racing off.

Police caught him an hour later in Eastwood, a suburb in the city’s north.

A search of the van uncovered 273kg of meth with an estimated street value of more than A$200m (£112m; $140m).

No one was injured in the crash but the police van was damaged.

Crystal meth, which is known locally as ice, has been described as the most common and damaging illegal drug in Australia.

The price of crystal meth in Australia is among the highest in the world, driving the country’s organised crime gangs to trade increasingly in the drug.

The man, who has not been named, faced court on Tuesday charged with drug supply and negligent driving offences.