From Herald SunCommission flats drug centre is raided
24 Mar 2006
Seized items: police officers Chris Alexander and Damien Madden.
DETECTIVES have smashed a multi-million dollar heroin dealing operation centred on Collingwood's housing commission flats after a series of drug raids.
Dealers were rostered to "work" in shifts, and travelled to the flats from outer suburbs in latest model four-wheel-drives to sell their wares, police allege.
Police seized the two vehicles, heroin worth $60,000, $40,000 cash and hundreds of gadgets including laptops, iPods and Xboxes, believed to be stolen goods, hocked to the dealers for drugs.
Yarra criminal investigation unit Insp John Manley said the drug dealing operation was highly organised and run like a business.
Police said the operation was turning over in excess of $1 million a year.
The arrests came after an intense six-month police operation against heroin dealers in inner suburbs including Collingwood and Richmond, culminating in drug raids on Wednesday night.
Insp Manley said the meticulously organised drug-dealing operation was typical of the way drug rings were run, with drug dealers implementing increasingly complex systems to try to avoid being caught.
"It was a well co-ordinated and organised drug-trafficking group, where they were effectively operating a roster and running shifts," Insp Manley said.
"They used the most modern tools of the trade available to run the business. It took a very well planned police operation to lead to the arrests."
Seven men faced Melbourne Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with conspiracy to traffic heroin and possessing the proceeds of crime after simultaneous drug raids at six properties in Collingwood, Delahey, Braybrook, St Albans and Oakleigh South. Quang Ha Ly, Tam Minh Do and Bobby Chaophrasy, were remanded in custody to appear in the same court in June.
Four men, Lam Nguyen, Benjamin Medina, Si Vu Nguyen and Kim Truong, were released on bail.
Police were yesterday interviewing more people over the drug raids.
Wouldn't normally post a bust article like this but I thought the way the place was being run was interesting.