Two men have been arrested after Victoria Police Strike Force officers uncovered a drug trafficking ring over the course of an investigation that began in February 2020.
Back in February, officers began their investigation into a ‘dial-a-dope’ drug trafficking operation in Victoria — this involves a drug trafficker getting orders for drugs via phone call or text message.
As part of that investigation, police seized cocaine, fentanyl, and a loaded 9 mm firearm from multiple suspects.
The investigation eventually led to Strike Force officers seizing a kilogram of cocaine and several additional ounces of fentanyl.
On March 10, police arrested one of the suspects involved in Victoria.
Strike Force and GVERT officers then executed a search warrant at a suite associated to one of the suspects in a multi-unit residential building the 300-block of Burnside Road East.
There, they seized another quarter kilogram of cocaine, along with significant quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, counterfeit oxycodone, and approximately $5,000 in cash.
43-year-old Joshua Stark was one of the suspects arrested. He faces charges of two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.
The other man arrested is 34-year-old Dimitar Vitchev.
He has been charged with five counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count of trafficking a firearm.