$5m of heroin seized

By Terrapinzflyer · Sep 16, 2009 · ·
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    $5m of heroin seized

    POLICE seized heroin with a street value of up to $5 million in raids across Melbourne yesterday.

    Detective Senior Sergeant Anthony Silva said the raids smashed a major drug importing syndicate.

    A 55-year-old man from West Footscray, a 49-year-old woman from Richmond, and her 20-year-old daughter were arrested by police during the raids and were expected to be charged last night with importing and trafficking drugs.

    As well as the two kilograms of heroin, ice and ecstasy were also among the drugs found at premises in West Footscray, Collingwood and Richmond.

    September 17, 2009


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    Police seize $5 million in heroin in raids

    A MOTHER and daughter are among three people charged after drug raids in Melbourne in which police seized heroin valued at about $5 million.
    A 49-year-old woman, her 55-year-old de facto partner and the woman's 20-year-old daughter have all been charged with conspiracy to import a boarder controlled drug and drug trafficking.

    They were expected to appear in an out of sessions hearing on Wednesday night.
    Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police and Customs officers raided three Melbourne properties - in Richmond, Collingwood and West Footscray - this morning.

    At least two kilograms of nearly 100 per cent pure heroin was found at the West Footscray property alone, police say.

    The seizure would take a lot of dangerous drugs off the street, police Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Silva told reporters.

    Shocked neighbours looked on as their quiet suburban street turned into a crime scene.

    "We are rapt with the impact this will have on the streets, we believe this will be a significant curb on the amount of drugs on the street," Det Snr Sgt Silva said.

    "At $5 million, this find is quite significant on the scale of finds.

    "This was a major drug importation ring."

    Police also seized cash, drug packaging and a drug press, ecstasy and methamphetamines (Ice).

    The drug seizures were part of a four-month operation and the investigation was continuing, Det Snr Sgt Silva said.

    The man and the two women who were arrested were all from Collingwood but connected to all three properties that were raided, police allege.

    It's believed the drugs were brought into Australia from Vietnam by couriers who smuggled them internally.

    Victoria Police drug task force head Detective Inspector Roger Schranz said drugs were an issue for law enforcement across the world.

    "These operations are about attacking well-organised networks and preventing illicit drugs from reaching our streets, no matter where they come from," he said.

    Customs and Border Protection used a variety of methods to detect the illegal movements of goods, including illicit drugs, across the Australian border, Customs airport manager Joan O'Reilly said.

    AAP September 16, 2009 05:47pm

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