By Matthew Sims
UPDATE – 3:00 PM
Major Drug Squad detectives have charged a 27-year-old Braybrook man with trafficking a large commercial amount of heroin and knowingly handling the proceeds of crime.
According to a spokesman for the Victoria Police Department, on Tuesday, May 31, police carried out searches at three residential addresses in Braybrook, as well as residential addresses in Box Hill, Springvale and Dingley Village.
They then took a significant amount of cash, multiple Rolex watches, loose diamonds, a large commercial amount of heroin, a hydraulic pill press, money counting machines, an Audi SUV, a Lexus sedan, various drugs including cannabis, methylamphetamine, cocaine and ketamine, as well as a host of luxury goods, including handbags, clothing and jewelry,” the spokesperson said.
The Braybrook man appeared before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday, June 3.
According to the spokesperson, Major Drug Squad detectives also charged a 29-year-old Box Hill man, a 27-year-old Springvale man and a 49-year-old Dingley Village woman with similar charges.
“All three have been remanded in custody to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on September 26,” the spokesman said.
“A further seven people are expected to be charged with possession of various drugs and possession of proceeds from crime-related crimes.”
Major Drug Squad detectives have arrested six Braybrook men after a seven-month investigation into a Malaysian syndicate linked to trafficking commercial quantities of heroin.
Detectives carried out house searches on Tuesday, May 31, and searched three residential addresses in Braybrook.
With help from the Springvale Divisional Response Unit, Box Hill Divisional Crime Team and the Dog Squad, detectives also searched residential addresses in Box Hill, Springvale and Dingley Village.
Police seized at the addresses suspected of crimes, including a large commercial quantity of heroin, a large sum of cash, a Lexus and an Audi, and luxury goods, including designer handbags, watches and jewelry.
Police arrested a 31-year-old Braybrook male, a 24-year-old Braybrook male, a 23-year-old Braybrook male, a 20-year-old Braybrook male, a 30-year-old Braybrook male and a 53-year-old Braybrook male .
Police will question all those arrested in connection with trafficking a commercial drug of dependence and possession of proceeds of crime.
Major Drug Squad Detective Inspector Jim Sullivan said police would allege the detainees were involved in a syndicate of Malaysian nationals dealing in large commercial quantities of heroin, but the investigation is ongoing.
“This result should serve as a warning to criminals trying to target our community,” he said.
“The Victoria Police Department is determined to make our state a hostile place for organized crime, especially those involved in drug importation and production.
“As this research shows, we often deal with organized crime syndicates that have enormous reach both nationally and internationally.
“The Victoria Police Department will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those who harm our state are held accountable, and that the serious and organized crime groups involved in the trafficking of illicit drugs are vigorously and deliberately attacked. .”
Police also arrested a 29-year-old Box Hill man, a 27-year-old Springvale man, a 49-year-old Dingley Village woman and a 36-year-old Box Hill woman in connection with their alleged connection to the Malaysian syndicate.