Drug suspect at takeaway

PORTLAND police have allegedly caught a Warracknabeal man with a large amount of prescription medication known as hillbilly heroin.

The 50-year-old man was arrested about 6pm Friday at a takeaway food outlet in Portland’s Percy Street carrying a large number of Oxycontin tablets.

Oxycontin is an opiate-based pain medication, known as hillbilly heroin, and is frequently used and abused by drug users involved in the prescription medication black market. The man was arrested, charged with drug offences and bailed to appear in the Portland Magistrates Court on June 3. 

In recent weeks several Camperdown district men have appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court in relation to a low-level Oxycontin trafficking ring.

One man received a community corrections order and two were each fined $3000.

Portland man Michael David Wilson, 29, of Rundell Avenue, was last week found guilty in the Warrnambool County Court of the armed robbery of Portland’s Amcal Pharmacy in Percy Street on July 22 last year.

In the robbery Wilson armed himself with a knife and stole five packets of Oxycontin from the pharmacy.

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