Police seize 150 cannabis plants

February 09, 2018

A newly formed drug busting police unit covering Victoria’s north east has shut down a crop house amid an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking.

The Eastern Region Division Tasking Unit will cover an area from Cobram to Mount Hotham and is focused on drug trafficking and associated offences in the region.

On Wednesday, detectives executed two search warrants at homes in Numurkah.

A 24-year-old Vietnamese National was arrested at a property on McGregor St.

He was charged with cultivate and traffick a commercial quantity of drug of dependence and other drug-related offences.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on May 7, 2018.

Police also found about 150 cannabis plants at the address.

The investigation into drug trafficking is ongoing and detectives expect to make further arrests.

"Reducing drug supply was only one facet of addressing drug harm with prevention, treatment and demand reduction all playing a part," Detective Inspector Joy Arbuthnot said.

"Police have zero tolerance for drug traffickers who peddle harmful substances in our community.

“All drug use starts somewhere, be it at home, at social events or through association, which is why police work tirelessly to reduce the supply of drugs in Victoria.

"Police will do all we can but drug harm is a whole-of-community issue and this means every person has a role to play in changing the community’s attitude when it comes to drug taking."

"The Divisional Tasking Unit that investigated this case was recently reformed and is active in targeting crime.

"We encourage the community to report suspicious behaviour as we will take action."

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