– A former North Melbourne footballer is one of six people arrested in drug raids by a joint taskforce including Victoria Police, Customs and Australian Federal Police.
The Trident Taskforce arrested them and seized cocaine, steroids, human growth hormones, cash and a vehicle as part of Operation Coulter, police have revealed.
A Melbourne court heard that Callum Urch, 28 – who played the last of his eight matches for the Kangaroos in 2008 – was a target of Trident, formed to investigate serious and organised crime on Melbourne’s waterfront.
A detective from Trident told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday that personal trainer Harry Michael had supplied cocaine to Mr Urch, who was employed at Station Pier by the company that services the Bass Strait ferries, Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II.
Mr Michael, 45, of Armadale, was arrested on April 13th and applied for bail on a charge of trafficking a commercial quantity of cocaine. Mr Urch has been bailed to appear later this year.
Prosecutor Diana Hogan told Chief Magistrate Peter Lauritsen that bail was opposed for Mr Michael who, she said, was an unacceptable risk of reoffending and failing to appear.
Detective Senior Constable Belinda Rampal alleged Mr Michael had been supplying cocaine to Mr Urch and this was established through interceptions of phone calls between the men.
Detective Rampal said that after Mr Michael’s arrest on April 13th various amounts of cocaine, including about 500 grams in a container, were found at his home.
Bail was refused – Steve Butcher


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