Police bust drug syndicate in CBD

Police bust drug syndicate in CBD
Brendan Rees

An alleged drug dealing syndicate operating in the CBD has been busted after police seized drugs, cash, and prohibited weapons.

Four men were arrested in the sting after officers from the Transit Safety Division along with the Drug Taskforce, Clandestine Laboratory Squad, and the Dog Squad executed a search warrant at an apartment complex in Exhibition St on October 5.

As part of the search, they seized about $600,000 worth of drugs including 900 grams of methylamphetamine, 100 grams of cocaine, 2900 MDMA tablets, 28 litres of 1.4 butanediol, small quantities of prescription medication, cannabis, LSD, and heroin.

They also seized $200,000 in cash, two tasers, two OC spray canisters, and two extendable batons.

Police allege the four men were operating the syndicate from the CBD premises.

This included 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.

They were remanded in custody and are expected to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on January 25.

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.

Transit Safety Division First Constable Kevin Murran said the bust was a “significant result” and police would continue to hold offenders to account.

“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,” he said.

“These arrests should serve as a reminder to those involved in drugs – police are actively targeting you.” •

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