A drop in the proverbial ocean creating a vacuum to be filled and therefore more violence in that process, the hamster wheel continues to turn.
The Guardian reports
More than 400 raids were carried out across the country involving police from all jurisdictions as part of the week-long Operation Vitreus, which targeted criminal drug syndicates.
Police stormed properties, homes and businesses – even uncovering drugs buried in bushland in Western Australia – as part of the joint national operation, seizing drugs with a street value estimated at $475m.
The raids netted 814kg of methamphetamine, 182kg of MDMA, thousands of plants from hydroponic crops and 185kg of cannabis.
In total, 990 people were arrested on 2,052 drug-related charges.
In Victoria, the operation – led by the major drug squad – resulted in 149 arrests, 361 drug-related charges, 87 search warrants executed, and the seizure of 19 firearms, 13 vehicles and about $475,000 in cash.
Victoria police seized methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, ketamine, MDMA, ecstasy, cannabis (both dried and plants) and 1,4-Butanediol, with a total combined value of more than $5.76m.
More taxpayers money wasted here
VIDEO: Police seize massive cannabis crop in Queensland as part of Operation Vitreus