TWO men have been charged after drugs and weapons were seized from a number of properties around Rochester and Echuca.
Police executed the four search warrants on December 17, seizing various quantities of illicit drugs including approximately 3.8 kilograms of cannabis, and small quantities of cocaine and ecstasy.
Officers also seized an imitation firearm, explosives, ammunition, and numerous allegedly stolen items.
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A 26-year-old Echuca man was arrested on December 18 and charged with nine offences including possessing a prohibited weapon, possessing cocaine, and handling stolen goods.
A 67-year-old Echuca man was arrested on December 19 and charged with trafficking cannabis, possessing cannabis, and possessing a prohibited weapon.
The two men will front the Echuca Magistrates' Court in April next year.
NSW Police also executed a search warrant at a rural residential property in Moama on December 17.
The officers seized two firearms, numerous rounds of ammunition, a small amount of cannabis, quantities of powder-like substances, and $3000 in cash.
Victoria Police detectives attended the address and suspended the occupant's firearms licence. Investigations are ongoing.
"These arrests are a significant step towards minimising drug-related crime, which has a devastating impact on the entire community," Campaspe CIU Detective Sergeant Barry Gray said.
"In addition to this, we have removed several illegal firearms and dangerous weapons from our streets, which could potentially lead to disastrous consequences in the wrong hands.
"Victoria Police and NSW Police are committed to working together to target drug-related crime across the Victoria-NSW border, and together we will catch those criminals who prey on the vulnerable and hold them to account."
Anyone with information about drug-related crime is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au.
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