BUTT OUT, COPS WARN THUGS – Monday February 20 2012

– Police investigating gang crime in Melbourne’s north and west have warned they will not tolerate thugs trying to sabotage criminal cases.
Members of the Santiago Taskforce have charged nine people with attempting to pervert the course of justice, which carries a maximum 25-year jail term.
Some of the threats aimed at derailing cases have come from within maximum security prisons.
Taskforce head Detective Inspector Steve Dennis said tampering with witnesses and undermining police work would not be tolerated.
Santiago was formed in 2008 amid concern at 20 non-fatal shootings in the northern and western suburbs.
The taskforce has since made more than 150 arrests for matters including attempted murder, serious assault, firearms breaches and drug trafficking.
Santiago has accumulated profiles on hundreds of individuals, ranging from career criminals to peripheral players.
Inspector Dennis said detectives had launched 130 investigations, some of which were very challenging.
Coercive hearings, where people are compelled to answer questions or risk prosecution, have been used with some success, Inspector Dennis said.
He said Santiago had worked closely with the Acer Taskforce in trying to find illegal firearms.
There had been a strong degree of intelligence sharing with New South Wales detectives and the Australian Federal Police, Inspector Dennis said – Mark Buttler & Anthony Dowsley


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