By Alesha Capone
Police have charged two Point Cook residents as part of a 12-month investigation into alleged drug trafficking at a port facility in Melbourne.
The two men were arrested this morning, when police executed warrants at properties in Port Melbourne, Point Cook and Hoppers Crossing as part of the ongoing investigation.
Police seized firearms, steroids, cash and a taser from the addresses.
A 31-year-old Point Cook man has been charged with trafficking a drug of dependence and possessing steroids.
A 29-year-old Point Cook man has also been charged with possessing steroids and weapons offences.
Both of the men were bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
The men were arrested by detectives from Trident Taskforce, which is comprised of Victoria Police, Australian Border Force, Australian Transactions Reporting and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC), Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).
Victoria Police Detective Superintendent Jacqueline Curran said people engaging in unlawful activity within the Maritime Security Zone could expect to be caught, charged and brought before the courts.
“We are committed to identifying and removing people engaged in criminal activities within the maritime environment,” Det Supt Curran said.
“Those working within the Victorian maritime industry can expect to see Taskforce Trident members around the docks on a regular basis.
“We also know there are people with links to outlaw motorcycle gangs and organised crime groups operating on the docks and we will continue to investigate anyone found committing any offences.”
Anyone with information in relation to drug trafficking is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au