Drug busts – six charged after regional raids


Drug busts – six charged after regional raids

A 29 YEAR OLD woman will face the Korumburra Magistrates Court after a drug raid on a Leongatha property.
She was one of six offenders facing charges locally in recent days. An Inverloch resident was also nabbed in another recent raid, along with more offenders from Wonthaggi.
The Leongatha bust occurred at 8.20am on Thursday, August 15, with a Leongatha police member, Bass Coast Proactive Intelligence Tasking Unit (known within police circles as the PIT crew), and the Dog Squad – complete with sniffer dog – in attendance at the Parr Street property.
“The search warrant was executed. The occupant of the house was arrested after an amount of amphetamines and cannabis was found – along with cash,” Leongatha Police Sergeant Dale McCahon said.
“The woman has been charged with trafficing a drug of dependence, possessing a drug of dependence and possessing the proceeds of crime.
“She has been bailed to appear at Korumburra Magistrates Court at a future date.”
Sgt McCahon said the rising drug scourge was not just a problem for Leongatha, with ice and amphetamines “rampant” across the state.
“If anyone thinks it’s not, they’re living in Noddy world,” he said.
The PIT crew has a broad job description, filling gaps across the region.
But according to a Wonthaggi Police Senior Sergeant Trevor Teer, the unit was formed recently, “in reaction to anecdotal evidence there has been an increase in the amount of ice and other drugs coming into the South Gippsland area”.
Led by Acting Sergeant Colin Shepherd, the unit “achieved excellent results in the first week of operation”.
“Drug search warrants were executed in by the PIT crew, with the assistance of the Divisional Tasking Unit from Morwell, in Wonthaggi, Leongatha and Inverloch and six offenders were processed for trafficking ice, heroin and other drugs,” Snr Sgt Teer said.
“A large amount of cash, in addition to the drugs, was seized during the searches. This is going to severely disrupt the supply of drugs in the local area, protecting locals from the harm drugs inflict.”
Snr Sgt Teer said the PIT crew will be “further pursuing drug offenders in an effort to clean up the local area”.
“Any information by readers in regards to suspected drug activity can be phoned through to Crime Stoppers or Wonthaggi Police,” Snr Sgt Teer said.
“Information will remain confidential and the identity of informants will remain anonymous.”

Gnome theft hurts Pat

FOR Wonthaggi’s Pat Lyons, the theft of her eight beloved garden gnomes has hit hard.
The diminutive folk – stolen overnight on Thursday, August 15 from her Outlook Drive property – were like family, and she can’t understand why anyone would take them. She knows no one could care for them as much as she did.
“These were the big old heavy ones. You wouldn’t think anyone would be bothered taking them, would you?” she asked.
Pat is also asking how the theft occurred.
“I was here and I didn’t hear anything and my little dog didn’t bark either. The gnomes have been sitting out there for years and nobody’s bothered with them. I just got a shock when I went out and they were gone,” she said.
“They looked good out there and it looks bare now without them. I really miss them.”
Pat hasn’t had any property stolen for a number of years – not since people stopped using the nearby golf links as a shortcut.
“I just hope they enjoy them. I don’t expect to get them back, but I just hope they look after them like I did,” Pat said.
Anyone with information about the theft should contact Wonthaggi Police on 5671 4100.

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