A 34-year-old Safety Beach woman is one of 14 people arrested as part of a 12-month investigation into alleged drug trafficking in Melbourne’s southeast. The woman has been charged with trafficking a large commercial quantity of a drug of dependence as well as proceeds of crime and firearms offences and was remanded to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on September 8.
The arrests last Saturday were part of Operation Brandish, an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of methylamphetamine and cocaine. Police executed warrants across 13 suburbs, including South Melbourne, Brighton East, Ormond, Elwood and St Kilda, and seized a large commercial quantity of what is believed to be methylamphetamine and cocaine, significant quantities of GHB and cannabis, precursor chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and a loaded handgun.
Eleven of the 14 people arrested were charged overnight with offences including trafficking and proceeds of crime and firearms offences, and most were remanded until next month. They range in age from 22 to 44 and include men and women from Melbourne, Hoppers Crossing, St Kilda, Ormond, Glenroy, Elwood, Brighton East, Werribee and Clifton Hill.