Victoria

Melbourne drug syndicate busted in raids during Australian Open final: police

Police claim to have busted a Melbourne drug syndicate in dramatic raids overnight, arresting the alleged kingpin before taking down his underlings.

As Melbourne's attention was turned to the Australian Open men's final, police moved on the drug syndicate, storming properties in Carlton, Tullamarine, Balwyn North and St Kilda.

More than 150 police were reportedly involved, with 15 search warrants executed.

A 51-year-old Tullamarine man, allegedly the syndicate's kingpin, was arrested shortly before 7.30pm.

With the boss safely in custody, police then reportedly moved in to arrest his underlings. Another 10 people were arrested.

Police have charged the alleged kingpin with trafficking methylamphetamine, trafficking cocaine, possessing methylamphetamine, possessing cocaine, possessing a hand gun, possessing ammunition and dealing property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

He is due to face the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday morning.

A police spokeswoman said more charges were expected to be laid as a result of the raids.