Substantial drugs seizure

SALE Police have charged a man with a number of drug trafficking offences after executing a warrant in Sale Wednesday afternoon.

Wellington Crime Investigation Unit detectives executed a search warrant at a home in Bowman Drive, Sale, about 4.40pm, discovering a substantial amount of illicit substances.

A 24-year-old Sale man was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking methyl amphetamine and cannabis, two counts of possessing a drug of dependence, possessing a prohibited weapon and two counts of dealing with the proceeds of crime.

He was remanded to appear at the Bairnsdale Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

The Gippsland Times made attempts to obtain details about the case from the Magistrates Court prior to going to press but was denied access to the information.

Last month’s Crime Stopper’s Dob in a Dealer campaign has led to a five fold increase in the numbers of drug-related information received by Crime Stoppers in the Wellington police service area alone.

This compares to a 450 per cent increase in the number of drug-related information reports in the Latrobe Valley, and a 133 per cent increase in east Gippsland.

During the two-week campaign, there was an additional 500 per cent increase in information reports relating specifically to amphetamines across Wellington.

The campaign, launched in collaboration with Sale and Bairnsdale police in July urged locals to ‘dob in dealers’ confidentially online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.