Gang Crime Squad operation nets 9 arrests

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Gang Crime Squad and Shepparton detectives have executed warrants at three properties in Shepparton and two in Kialla and arrested nine people as part of an operation targeting gang-related drugs and firearms offences.

Six males were subsequently arrested and charged:

  • A 23-year-old Kialla man was charged with traffick cocaine, prohibited person possess a firearm and possess cannabis, and was remanded to appear at Shepparton magistrates’ Court on 3 September;
  • A 22-year-old Shepparton man was charged with traffick cocaine, possess firearm and bail offences, and was remanded to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on 20 August;
  • A 30-year-old Shepparton man was charged with traffick cocaine, possess firearm and bail offences, and was remanded to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on 20 September;
  • A 22-year-old Shepparton man was charged with traffick cocaine and was bailed to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on 20 August;
  • A 24-year-old Kialla man was charged with traffick drug of dependence, possess drug of dependence, possessing explosives and deal with proceeds of crime, and has been bailed to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on 22 December; and
  • A 23-year-old Shepparton man has been charged with possessing a drug of dependence and bailed to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on 12 November.

Police also seized a number of items from the addresses including a sawn-off shot-gun, ammunition, drugs including cannabis and GHB, cash, illegal fireworks and designed clothing and accessories.

Today, detectives from the Gang Crime Squad and Echo Taskforce executed four warrants in Dandenong, Cranbourne, Glenroy and Fitzroy.

Three men were also arrested any yet to be interviewed and charged:

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A 24-year-old Glenroy man who has been charged with deceptions, traffick drug of dependence, traffic offences and bail offences, and he will appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today;

A 22-year-old Cranbourne man who has been charged with traffick drug of dependence and possess drug of dependence, and will appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court this evening; and a 25-year-old Dandenong man who has since been released pending enquiries.

The trio will now all be interviewed by police.

Police also seized drugs from the properties including cocaine and cannabis.

The arrests form part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged trafficking of cocaine in metropolitan and country Victoria.


Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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