Cannabis seized

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POLICE have arrested five people after executing search warrants across multiple south eastern suburbs, including Patterson Lakes.

Police executed the warrants at addresses in Springvale South, Pakenham, Patterson Lakes, Drouin, and Springvale. They allegedly seized more than 500 cannabis plants, dried cannabis, and cash. Police estimate the street value of their haul was around $1.5 million.

Five arrests were made on 3 September. Two men, aged 30 and 43, were charged with cultivate/traffick/possess commercial quantity of cannabis and deal with property suspected of being proceeds of crime. A 47-year-old Springvale man has been charged with cultivate/traffick/possess commercial quantity of cannabis and knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, and a 19-year old Springvale man has been charged with cultivate/traffick/possess commercial quantity of cannabis. A fifth man was released.

All charged men have been remanded, and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court at a later date.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 9 September 2020

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