Police have arrested four men who are believed to be part of an alleged drug dealing syndicate operating in the city.
The investigation came about following a report of suspicious behaviour on one of Melbourne’s trams.
Approximately $600,000 in drugs and $200,000 in cash was seized as part of the bust at an apartment complex in Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Police will allege they were operating the syndicate from the premises.
Uniform officers from Transit Safety Division along with the Drug Taskforce, Clandestine Laboratory Squad and the Dog Squad executed the search warrant on Wednesday morning, seizing the following items:
• 900 grams of methylamphetamine
• 100 grams cocaine
• 2,900 MDMA tablets
• 28 liters of 1.4 butanediol
• Small quantities of prescription medication, cannabis, LSD and heroin
• $200,000 in cash
• 2 tasers
• 2 OC spray cannisters
• 2 extendable batons
Four men were arrested, including a 45-year-old Melbourne man and a 35-year-old Melbourne man who have both been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of drugs.
The 45-year-old Melbourne man has been remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in January 2023.
The 35-year-old Melbourne man was also remanded and is expected to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today (7 October).
A 26-year-old Melbourne man was released and expected to be charged on summons. A 19-year-old Footscray man was released pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information about criminal activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestoppersvic.com.auExternal Link
Quotes attributable to Transit Safety Division First Constable Kevin Murran
“This is a significant result and highlights the capability of Victoria Police in investigating crime on our transport network and disrupting the supply of drugs in the community.”
“These arrests should serve as a reminder to those involved in drugs – police are actively targeting you.”
“Transit uniform police will continue to work with specialist units from Crime Command and local police to target those involved in distributing drugs and hold them to account.”