Heroin ring smashed by police raid

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PRE-DAWN raids by police in Frankston and Seaford last week resulted in five people being arrested and charged in relation to a “significant” heroin trafficking enterprise.

They have been charged with trafficking heroin and profiting from the proceeds of crime.

Warrants were executed on houses in Frankston North, Seaford and Frankston on Wednesday at around 4am as a result of a long-term investigation.

It is believed police used cameras to record the group’s activities during their investigations. An amount of cash was also seized.

Twelve detectives from the crime investigation unit arrested Tien Le and Carmel McGarrigle, who have both been remanded in custody, and Sonia Vanderwall, Kathleen Kay and Louise Mitchell, who have been charged and released on bail. All are in their 40s.

Leading Senior Constable Richard Thomson said evidence gathered earlier was crucial to the raid’s success.

He said heroin recovered was probably destined for sale on local streets.

Those released on bail will appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 11 May.

Dates for the other hearings are yet to be fixed.

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