Drug raids across Wellington

LOCAL detectives have smashed drug syndicates in a series of raids across the Wellington Response Zone.

The Wellington Criminal Investigation Unit, assisted by uniformed members, executed 11 raids in the last month, charging 12 people with a number of offences.

A 39-year-old man was charged with trafficking and cultivating cannabis after a raid in Stratford in mid-January after police seized 27 cannabis plants, a large amount of dried cannabis and a small amount of amphetamine from his address, followed by a 58-year-old man charged with cultivating cannabis in Wurruk after police found 16 cannabis plants, a large amount of dried cannabis and a hydroponic setup.

In Sale, a 44-year-old woman is wanted for questioning in relation to a quantity of ecstasy that was seized, while another 44-year-old woman was charged with cultivating cannabis in an unrelated incident.

Ice, cannabis, and ecstasy was located in Maffra, and a 38-year-old woman was charged in relation to trafficking ice.

A 36-year-old man was also charged with cannabis and weapons offences.

Two raids in Heyfield resulted in cannabis and plants being located, with a 28-year-old man and a 66-year-old man processed for cannabis possession.

In Yarram, following a chase through houses, a man, aged 32, was charged with trafficking and cultivating cannabis.

A search in Sale resulted in a large amount of ice and stolen goods being seized, with a 58-year-old man charged with trafficking ice, cannabis, and heroin, and a 46-year-old man remanded in custody for trafficking ice.

A Sale woman, 47, was arrested for handling stolen goods, after a warrant was executed where stolen goods were believed to be exchanged for drugs.

Another raid in Stratford resulted in a woman being charged in relation to possessing a drug of dependence after ice and cannabis was located.

Detective Sergeant Mark Rossiter said some of the criminals were linked, and police had infiltrated some local syndicates.

“We received some information from the public, it’s all helpful,” he said.

Investigators subsequently believe that they have significantly disrupted the supply of illicit drugs to the Wellington area.

All the offenders will end up getting charged, some pending summons.

Anyone with information is encouraged to phone Sale police on 5142 2200, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.