20 September 2023

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| Claire Fenwicke
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grenades seized as part of Operation Vitreus

Grenades were among the prohibited weapons seized during the operation. Photo: ACT Policing.

Methylamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and GBL worth about $120,000 total have been seized in the ACT as part of a national week of action targeting the sale and distribution of illicit drugs.

ACT Policing executed 13 search warrants between 11 – 15 September, which also resulted in the seizure of prohibited firearms and weapons, cash, large quantities of steroids, suspected stolen property, a ballistics vest and two pill presses.

Two men were arrested at a Gungahlin home – a 28-year-old and a 35-year-old – who are both suspected of being involved with the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.

Police said intelligence was gathered in relation to multiple drug trafficking networks, progressing several ongoing investigations, and that further arrests are expected.

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Criminal Investigations (Organised Crime Unit) Detective Inspector Mark Steel said the operation reinforced ACT Policing’s commitment to target organised crime and criminal gangs.

“Drug trafficking is always a focus for police, and we will continue to work with our local and national law enforcement partners through operations like [this] to target the manufacture, trafficking, and supply of illicit drugs,” he said.

“ACT Policing is committed to targeting those who seek to profit from inflicting these dangerous substances on the community, such as organised crime groups and criminal gangs.

“Illicit substances can have a devastating effect on members of our community, and can be linked to violent offences such as assaults and other serious crimes.”

The activity was part of Operation Vitreus, and utilised teams from General Duties, Criminal Investigations, Proactive Intervention and Diversion Team, Territory Targeting Team, National Canine, Forensics, Surveillance, Specialist Operations, and Intelligence.

The community have been urged to get in touch if they have any information about the manufacture and sale of illicit drugs in the Territory.

“The more reports we receive, the better an intelligence picture we can create of these offenders,” Det Insp Steel said.

Information can be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers ACT on 1800 333 000.

Original Article published by Claire Fenwicke on Riotact.

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