| 24.10,19. 07:30 PM |
Two staff from Melbourne's injection centre arrested in relation to trafficking offences
Woman holding up sheets to hide the identity of the injection centre employee. (9News)
Two staff at a medically supervised injection centre in Melbourne were
among eight people arrested today for alleged drug trafficking.
Detectives seized drugs and cash after raiding a number of residential properties in Burnside Heights and Richmond today.
Officers arrested a Richmond man, 49, and a 36-year-old Brunswick West woman who work at the recently opened medically supervised injection centre on Lennox Street in North Richmond.
North Richmond Community Health Centre - the organisation that overseas the operation of the injection rooms - said in a statement released this afternoon that two employees had been stood down following their arrests by Victoria Police.
"North Richmond Community Health has begun a full investigation into this matter and will cooperate fully with Victoria Police, as its investigation continues," the statement read.
"It's not appropriate to comment further at this time."
SBS ARABIC24Victoria Police are not alleging that any offences occurred inside the health facility in North Richmond, according to a spokeswoman
The arrests are part of Operation Sievers, a three-month investigation targeting drug trafficking.
"The trafficking of drugs causes significant harm in the community, which is why we are absolutely committed to arresting these offenders and putting them before the court," Acting Superintendent Kelvin Gale said.
"While we recognise those who use illicit drugs have a health problem, we also know that drugs are a big contributor to crime in Victoria."