$130K seized in drug raids

Three men have been arrested and large amounts of cash and drugs have allegedly been seized in home raids in Noble Park and Keysborough.

Major Drug Squad detectives raided a residence in Noble Park and two in Keysborough on 2 May as part of a four-month drug-trafficking investigation, police say.

Large amounts of heroin, methylamphetamine and ketamine were allegedly seized.

At the Noble Park address, six kilograms of alleged meth in packages and nine kilograms of alleged heroin in 27 packages were seized.

Police say a commercial quantity of ketamine, various drugs in personal-use quantities, magic mushrooms and at least $100,000 cash were also seized.

At the Keysborough homes, police allegedly found $30,000 cash, various drugs and related packaging and paraphernalia.

A 29-year-old Noble Park man was charged with two counts of trafficking a large commercial quantity of drug of dependence (heroin and methylamphetamine), trafficking a commercial quantity of ketamine, possessing proceeds of crime and weapons offences.

He was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 29 July.

A 26-year-old Noble Park man was charged with possessing psilocybin (magic mushrooms).

He was bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on 3 July.

A 29-year-old Keysborough man was released pending further enquiries.

Detective Acting Inspector Damien O’Mahoney of the police’s Major Drug Squad said teams of dedicated detectives were “working around the clock to remove significant quantities of dangerous drugs from our streets”.

“The harm that illicit drug infliction on the community has the potential to have traumatic and life-changing impacts on a range of innocent parties.

“We see it translate directly into a broad range of areas including road trauma, family violence, homicides, shootings and other violent offenses intrinsically linked to the illicit drug trade.

“We are intent on targeting the drug dealers, traffickers, and manufacturers causing harm in our community.”

Any information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au