272 people arrested across Australia in Operation Vitreus drug raids

Police Minister Michelle Roberts with meth and cocaine. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts with meth and cocaine. Picture: Andrew Ritchie.

POLICE across Australia have arrested 272 people and laid 659 charges after a week-long operation to disrupt the supply of methylamphetamine in the community.

Operation Vitreus was coordinated by the National Methylamphetamine Strategy Group and involved police operational activity in each state and territory.

Some of the strategies included targeted search warrants, screening of mail and freight, international airport terminals, and the screening of vehicles and people on board vessels.

In WA, some drugs were discovered in golf clubs.

As a result of the golf clubs discovery, a 55-year-old man of Blacktown NSW has been charged with possessing a prohibited drug (cocaine) with intent to sell or supply.

He will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on June 6.

The operations resulted in the seizure of approximately 3.5kgs of methylamphetamine, 18.2kgs of Cannabis, 2kgs of Steroids, 863 tablets of LSD, 3442 tablets/capsules of MDMA, 423g of MDMA powder, and approximately 13g of hyeroin.

Other seizures included cannabis seeds, ketamine, synthetic cannabis and dimethyltryptamine.

Sixteen firearms and nearly $200,000 cash were also located.

Vitreus National Commander Pryce Scanlan, from the WA Police Force State Crime Portfolio, said last week’s activity was over and above the normal work of police across Australia.

“Methylamphetamine is a key focus for police across Australia because of the damaging impact that this drug has been having on our communities,” Commander Scanlan said.

“This week-long effort is another example of law enforcement agencies working together in a coordinated fashion to disrupt the supply of methylamphetamine and other illicit drugs in the community.”

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