Man charged and cloned plates seized as part of vehicle rebirthing investigation

Detectives from the Vehicle Crime Squad have charged a man overnight and seized a significant quantity of cash, drugs, a stolen vehicle and in excess of 40 cloned plates as part of an investigation into vehicle rebirthing.

With the assistance of the Special Operations Group and the Fugitive Squad, a 35-year-old Doveton man was arrested in Dandenong South yesterday afternoon.

A warrant was subsequently executed at a factory on Fowler Road in Dandenong South, where investigators seized a stolen Holden Commodore, a stolen engine, what appears to be cannabis and at least 40 cloned number plates.

A search of a residential address in Doveton located a small quantity of cash and what appears to be cocaine.

During a previous warrant at a Doveton address on Thursday, 15 February, police recovered a large commercial quantity of methylamphetamine (in excess of 800 grams) and over $30,000 cash.

A 35-year-old Doveton man was charged with traffick large commercial quantity methylamphetamine, theft of motor vehicle, handle stolen goods and other related offences.

He will appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.

Anyone with information about illegal vehicle activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at

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