Police this morning arrested 13 people and executed a series of warrants across Brimbank and Melbourne’s north west suburbs as part of a major investigation into drug trafficking.
The warrants were executed by detectives from Drug Task Force and other Crime Command units with the assistance of the Special Operations Group from 3am.
Warrants were executed at 11 residential and one commercial property as part of the Operation Ezekiel, a 12-month investigation into the distribution and trafficking of methamphetamines, with alleged links to organised crime groups.
Warrants were executed at 11 residential and one commercial property and police seized a range of drugs including ice, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and steroids.
Police also seized firearms, ammunition, cash, a stolen motorcycle and other stolen property such as jewellery.
Thirteen people have been arrested, including:
• A 36-year-old Sydenham man
• A 29-year-old Taylors Hill man
• A 58-year-old Sydenham man
• A 57-year-old Keilor Downs man
• A 37-year-old Coburg man
• A 27-year-old Port Melbourne man
• A 31-year-old Keilor East man
• A 26-year-old Airport West man
• A 61-year-old Caroline Springs man
• A 33-year-old Taylors Hill man
• A 52-year-old Keilor Downs man
• A 37-year-old Albanvale woman
All will now be interviewed by police with a number expected to face court later today.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Peter Brigham said today’s warrants are a good result for the community.
“These arrests should serve as a reminder that police are committed to identifying and arresting anyone linked to the distribution of drugs in our community,” he said.
“I have no doubt that there are communities who have felt under siege from the activities of this group, whether it’s through criminal activity in their neighbourhood or from those impacted by the sale and use of methamphetamines.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Brigham said the results are reward for targeted policing.
“This has been an incredibly focused investigation for detectives and today’s results are satisfying on many levels.
“Drugs are a business and often one that is incredibly profitable for organised crime groups such as this at the expense of many, many victims.
“We will continue to work to detect and disrupt those groups and we make absolutely no apologies for aggressively pursuing them.”