Police charge three after Icarus raids

Melbourne Divisional Response Unit and Joint Task Force Icarus detectives have charged three people with a number of offences following the execution of two warrants in Southbank and Port Melbourne this morning (July12).

The execution of the warrants is part of Operation Outpost, an investigation into an alleged drug syndicate using the mail to traffick drugs.

At the Southbank address investigators arrested two people, a 35-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman after allegedly finding a large amount of drugs, which included methyl amphetamine, heroin, MDMA and cocaine at the address.

Police also allegedly located a large amount of cash and numerous pairs of designer shoes, handbags, purses and watches with an estimated value of $200,000.

The second warrant was executed at an address on Raglan Street in Port Melbourne where a 28-year old man was arrested after investigators alleged located methyl amphetamine and a large amount of cash.

The two men and the woman have been charged with various offences including trafficking a commercial quantity of drugs and possessing proceeds of crime and have been remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 13 July.

Organised Crime Detective Acting Superintendent Craig Darlow said that Joint Task Force Icarus specifically targeted people using the dark net and crypto-currencies to conduct drug transactions using the domestic mail system

“Victoria Police and its partners are very strongly committed to reducing both the supply and the harm caused by drugs to the community,” he said.

“The ongoing support of Australia Post to law enforcement in combatting the transporting of drugs in the mail is outstanding.

Anyone with information about drug importations and drug trafficking are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report online at https://www.crimestoppers.com.au.

Joint Task Force Icarus is staffed by Victoria Police, Australian Border Force, Australian Federal Police and the Department of Home Affairs.

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