Frances Stewart: The Advertiser | August 25, 2008
MEMBERS of an Asian crime gang responsible for trafficking heroin between Adelaide and Melbourne have been arrested following raids on two Henley Beach homes.
Five people, including three South Australians, were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin after police swooped on an alleged “buy” on on Saturday.
During separate raids on a Seaview Rd home and a Henderson St home police seized 250 grams of high-grade heroin, cash and a vehicle worth $20,000. A cutting agent for the drug was also found at one of the homes.
Three South Australians – a Croydon Park man, 38, a Grange man, 23, and a Gepps Cross man, 23 – were charged with trafficking heroin between Adelaide and Melbourne.
Two people from interstate were also arrested – a woman from Deer Park in Victoria, 30, and a man from Cabramatta in New South Wales, 44.
Police allege the man from Croydon Park and the man from Cabramatta were the principal agents in the drug ring.
Detective Superintendent Tony Rankine said the heroin was worth about $85,000 and could have been sold in up to 2500 street deals.
He said police were currently searching for three other people believed to be connected with the Asian crime gang.
The arrests were the culmination of a three month investigation by the Viking Joint Taskforce and the Organised Crime branch.
All members of the group will appear in Port Adelaide Magistrate’s court later today.
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