Three adults and two teenagers have been arrested after coordinated police raids in Hamilton on Friday morning.
Police said search warrants were executed at six addresses, including two homes in Kenna Avenue and homes in Fyfe Street, Digby Road, William Court and Bree Road, between 6am and 10am.
Investigators from the Hamilton Crime Investigation Unit, and Southern Grampians and Warrnambool Divisional Tasking Units, were involved in the raids, backed by a police dog squad.
A 17-year-old Hamilton boy was arrested at a William Court property and charged with possessing cannabis. He was bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.
A second 17-year-old boy from Hamilton was arrested after investigators seized a quantity of cannabis, as well as imitation firearms and a sword from a Bree Road address.
Police said quantities of methylamphetamine were located at one of the Kenna Avenue properties, where a 33-year-old Hamilton woman was arrested.
The woman is expected to be charged with possessing a drug of dependence and contravening bail conditions. She will appear at an out of sessions hearing on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, a 29-year-old Hamilton man was arrested at a Fyfe Street property after police located and seized quantities of cannabis and amphetamine, along with an unknown amount of cash.
The man will be charged with drugs and bail offences.
A 26-year-old Hamilton man was arrested at his Digby Road home and has been charged with two counts of burglary and handling stolen goods.
Detective Acting Sergeant Blake Amos, of Hamilton Crime Investigation Unit, said he was pleased with the result.
“It’s important that we send a message to people in Hamilton that we aren’t going to tolerate drugs in this region,” he said.
Warrnambool Police Station’s Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Mark James said police were grateful for information from the public, which had been instrumental in the coordinated search warrants.
“We encourage anyone with information relating to drug activity to phone police or Crime Stoppers and tell us what you know,” he said.
“We know that drug addiction is the driver of many of our other high community harm crimes such as burglary and theft and family violence and we are committed to conducting active enforcement around drug offending.”
Anyone with information should call Hamilton police on 5551 9100 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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