Melbourne drug syndicate busted in raids

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Six people have been arrested and drugs, cash and weapons seized in raids on an alleged trafficking syndicate in Melbourne's northwest.

Officers from the Viper taskforce, which stands for visibility, intelligence, prevention, enforcement and reassurance, searched a home at Keilor Downs on Tuesday morning and seized more than 75 items.

They included a large quantity of sealed bags thought to contain cannabis, bags containing what was believed to be cocaine, a significant amount of cash, prohibited weapons, a gel blaster, and an explosive device, police said.

Police charged a 44-year-old Keilor Downs woman with trafficking cannabis, possessing the drug, and dealing with property suspected to be the proceeds of crime.

She was granted bail to front Sunshine Magistrates' Court on January 17 next year.

Another Keilor Downs woman, aged 22, was also charged with trafficking cannabis among other offences, and a 21-year-old man from the suburb was charged with possessing an imitation firearm, possessing a prohibited weapon, and possessing cannabis among other offences.

Both were remanded to face Sunshine Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

A 17-year-old Keilor Downs boy is accused of trafficking cannabis and possessing an explosive device among other crimes, and will appear in children's court at a later date.

A 20-year-old Kurunjang woman and a 16-year-old Belgrave girl were released and are expected to be charged on summons.

The Viper taskforce began earlier this month and is focused on the criminal activities of outlaw motorcycle gangs, organised crime networks and street gangs.

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