Drugs, guns, cash and cars seized in Greenvale

Detectives from Taskforce Icarus arrested two people in Greenvale yesterday as part of an investigation into the trafficking of drugs via domestic mail.

Investigators, with assistance from members of the VIPER Taskforce and local police, executed a search warrant at a property on Rifure Court on 12 September.

A 27-year-old Greenvale man and a 28-year-old Greenvale woman were arrested and interviewed by police.

The man was subsequently charged with traffick large commercial quantity of MDMA and firearms offences.

He was remanded in custody to face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

The woman was released pending further enquiries.

A significant search of the property was undertaken with police seizing about 14kg of drugs believed to be MDMA, four firearms, ammunition, a large amount of cash, pill presses and a range of drug packaging and equipment.

Also seized from the address were three luxury vehicles including a 2016 Holden HSV GTS, a 2016 Mercedes Benz AMG GT S and a 2010 Mercedes Benz AMG C63, with the three cars having a combined value of approximately $300,000.

Police also seized two Rolex watches, which along with the vehicles are believed to be the proceeds of crime.

The investigation commenced last month after police received information about suspicious items being sent via domestic mail.

The Icarus Taskforce is staffed by Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police and is responsible for targeting and disrupting the importation and supply of illicit drugs via the domestic mail.

Community members with any information about drug importations or drug trafficking are asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppers.com.au

Quotes attributable to Detective Senior Sergeant Leemara Fairgrieve, Icarus Taskforce:

“These arrests and seizures are really testament to how valuable any information provided to police about potential drug trafficking can be.

“Not only have we seized a significant quantity of drugs, we’ve also managed to take four firearms off the street and prevent all of these items causing any further community harm.

“The seizure of the luxury vehicles and watches is also crucial, because it’s important we ensure anyone involved in the trafficking of drugs does not benefit from this offending in any way.

“I encourage anyone with information about drug offending, no matter what that information might be, to report it to police or Crime Stoppers – the community is our eyes and ears and the importance of local information cannot be underestimated.”

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