Message from the Chief Commissioner

Foot patrol leads to drug bust

Release date: Thu 29 January 2009

Last updated: Thu 29 January 2009

A foot patrol operation through Footscray’s city hub yesterday resulted in police seizing 17 grams of methylamphetamine and heroin.

Police approached a man sitting in a Commodore sedan about 10.30am in Madden Square.

A search of the vehicle ended with police seizing five zip lock bags containing drugs. Four of the bags contained about 14 grams of methylamphetamine, while the other bag contained three grams of heroin.

The seizure has an estimated street value of between $10,000 and $15,000.

The man, a 23-year-old from Altona, was charged with numerous offences including possess and traffick methylamphetamine and heroin, possess property being proceeds of crime and resist arrest.

The man was remanded overnight and is expected to appear in the Sunshine Magistrate’s Court this afternoon.

The foot patrol operation in Footscray – which is targeting drug trafficking and public disorder – is being resourced by local police in addition to members from the Victoria Police Bank.

The Police Bank provides temporary police resources for high visibility targeted operations.

The resources for the bank come from a range of sources including employees who cash in their 76 hours accrued time off and work an additional 10 shifts.

The operation will conclude on Saturday.


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