Stolen Boats Led Vic Police To Drugs, Weapons | The Ararat Advertiser

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A stolen boat has led Victorian police to more than $1.8 million in allegedly stolen goods and drugs, along with the dismantling of what police believe was an organized crime network. The investigation began after two fishing boats worth more than $100,000 each were allegedly stolen from Williamstown in south-western Melbourne in February and March this year. Police located the boats and their trailers at a property in Heathcote, southeast of Bendigo, in early April. A nearby property in Murchison was later searched, reportedly confiscating stolen property and drugs and arresting a 52-year-old man. Among the items were 115 kilograms of cannabis and methylamphetamine, two firearms and a truck, bobcat, motorcycles and generator, all of which had been stolen, according to police. Another search in South Kingsville, west Melbourne, found boat registration stickers, drugs, a samurai sword and computers and telephones. The man arrested in Murchison has been remanded in custody until he is scheduled to appear before the Shepparton Magistrates Court in July, and is charged with drug trafficking and possession, dealing with stolen goods and firearms offences. A 53-year-old man from South Kingsville is also expected to be charged with theft and drug offences. More arrests are expected as the investigation continues. “What started as a stolen boat led to police dismantling an organized crime network,” said water police inspector Greg Barras. “It’s a reminder to anyone thinking about stealing boats and being born again that we have a dedicated team of Marine detectives who will catch up with you.” Australian Associated Press

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