Frankston Crime Investigation Unit detectives have used Operation Washed to arrest twenty-six people and seized guns, drugs and other weapons in April.
Operation Washed commenced in February after local police noticed increased criminal activity around short-stay accommodation and licensed premises in Frankston, Seaford, and Carrum Downs, south-east of Melbourne.
Numerous offences include drug trafficking, drug possession, weapons possession, firearms offences, possession of proceeds of crime, contravene court orders, assaults, driving offences, and bail act offenses.
Most notable arrests:
A 35-year-old man from Botanic Ridge was located in Seaford near a licensed premises with imitation firearms, knives, nunchucks, and drugs of dependence on the 1st of March. He has been charged with four counts of possession of imitation firearms, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a controlled weapon, possession of cannabis, three counts of assault police, and reckless conduct endangering serious injury. He has been bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates Court on the 15th of July.
A 35-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man, both from Bayswater North had their vehicle searched near a licensed premise in Seaford on the 11th of March which found a firearm, drugs, weapons, and proceeds of a crime. The woman has been charged with five counts of possession of a drug of dependence, three counts of negligently deal with proceeds of a crime and possess a dangerous article in a public place. She was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates Court on the 29th of July. The man has been charged with possession of an unregistered handgun, possession of methylamphetamine, three counts of possess a prohibited weapon, two counts of possession of a controlled weapon, and one count of deal with property suspected to be proceeds of a crime. He was also bailed till the 12th of July at Frankston Magistrates Court.
A 34-year-old man from Carrum Downs was arrested after a search warrant was issued at a short-term accommodation room in Seaford on the 27th of April. Drugs, cash, and other items suspected to be proceeds of a crime were seized. Charges include trafficking drugs of dependence, six counts of possession of drugs of dependence, possession proceeds of a crime, theft, and commit a indictable offence while on bail. He has been remanded until the 1st of June.
Operation Washed continues with the police targeting people frequenting these premises and surrounding areas to conduct criminal activity.
Detective Senior Constable Jarryd Gray of Victoria Police has been quoted saying, “local licensed premises and surrounding areas should be a safe place for all patrons and members of our community. There will be increased penalties for the possession of weapons around these premises and no excuse for bringing those to these locations.”
If the public has any information regarding any illegal activity could contact Crimestoppers.