Taskforce VIPER’s $1M meth haul – Wollert

Thursday, 9 May 2024 at 3:13 pm –

Police from the VIPER Taskforce have seized methylamphetamines with a street value of $1M and arrested a man following a warrant in Wollert today.

The warrant was executed at a residential address on Steen Avenue this morning.

During a search of the property, police located five bags of methylamphetamine weighing almost two kilograms and with a street value of approximately $1M.

Investigators also found a rifle, ammunition, a small quantity of cocaine, cash and luxury handbags and watches.

A 28-year-old Wollert man was arrested and subsequently interviewed by police.

He is expected to be charged with traffick large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine, possess drug of dependence, knowingly deal proceeds of crime, possess firearm/longarm and possess ammunition.

The man will likely face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court tonight.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with further information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Quotes attributable to Detective Inspector Craig Darlow, VIPER Taskforce:

“The negative effects this amount of methylamphetamine would have had in the community are significant. This includes further criminality linked to the use and trafficking of drugs but also from the health perspective, which can include fatal overdoses.

“These drugs had a street value of about $1M and this is money that would have funded further crimes in a ruthless cycle.

“Today also highlights how we often see drugs and firearms go hand in hand, so to seize a weapon during this warrant is also particularly satisfying. It also just heightens the further harm that is potentially caused by the trafficking of illicit drugs.”