THOSE working on the Victorian docks can expect to see detectives “on a regular” basis, the Australian Border Force says.
This follows the recent arrest of two men as part of a 12-month investigation by Taskforce Trident detectives
The men, one aged 31 and another aged 29, were arrested at properties in Port Melbourne and Point Cook this morning.
Police subsequently raided properties in Port Melbourne, Point Cook and Hoppers Crossing, with seizures of firearms, steroids, cash and a taser.
The men were bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court at a later date.
Detective Superintendent Jacqueline Curran said if employees were engaging in unlawful activity within the Maritime Security Zone they could expect to be caught.
“We are committed to identifying and removing people engaged in criminal activities within the maritime environment,” Detective Supt Curran said.
“Those working within the Victorian Maritime industry can expect to see Taskforce Trident members around the docks on a regular basis.
“We also know there are people with links to outlaw motorcycle gangs and organised crime groups operating on the docks and we will continue to investigate anyone found committing any offences.”
ABF Regional Commander for Victoria and Tasmania, Craig Palmer, said Taskforce Trident demonstrated the resolve of the ABF to detect and respond to criminality and non-compliance at Melbourne’s Waterfront.
“We know that criminal elements will attempt to circumvent border controls, which is why we routinely share information, resources and assets to support investigations such as this,” Commander Palmer said.
Trident Taskforce is comprised of members from Victoria Police, Australian Border Force, Australian Transactions Reporting and Analysis Centre, Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.