Tip-offs lead to Colac drug arrests

Leading Senior Constable George Hasiotis with the drugs police seized during Colac raids.

COLAC detectives have arrested four people on drug-related charges following an early morning search of two Colac properties.

Officers searched houses in McKenzie Street and Hebb Court following tip-offs from community members.

Detective Sergeant Peter Griffiths of Colac Criminal Investigation Unit said police used a Melbourne narcotics detection dog to search the McKenzie Street home.

“A 47-year-old male was arrested after a quantity of cannabis was located,” Det Griffiths said.

“The male was charged and bailed to appear at the Colac Magistrates Court in October,” he said.

Det Griffiths said police later arrested two females and a male in their early 20s in Hebb Court and charged them with “trafficking and possessing drugs of dependence”.

“Police located a quantity of cannabis and white powder believed to be amphetamines secreted within the house,” Det Griffiths said.

He said that police found “a few ounces” of drugs.

Det Griffiths said Wednesday’s arrests were the result of a successful community phone-in day last month, which encouraged people to call in with information on criminal behaviour in the district.

“A number of warrants have been executed as a result of some of the information provided and this has encouraged other callers to provide information,” Det Griffiths said.

“It is not just the police enforcing the law but the community of Colac that is taking action,” he said.

Det Griffiths said the information police received had allowed them to employ “a highly trained specialist analyst from Geelong to work from Colac each fortnight to support the local police”.

“The analyst is a resource that detectives and other police use to gather and collate information to target offenders,” he said.

He urged people with any further information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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