POLICE will allege they found the drug ice in a Wodonga father’s pockets on Thursday night while his partner was bathing their two young children.
Sen-Constable Dimity Hinch said police searched the Gralen Street house at 7pm on Thursday where the man, 30, lived with his partner and children.
She said police found dried cannabis in the kitchen and a quantity of cash, as well as the ice in the accused’s pockets.
The man was charged with trafficking, possess and using methamphetamine, possess and using cannabis and possessing the proceeds of crime.
He was bailed to appear at Wodonga Magistrates’ Court on November 12.
Police said they were increasingly seeing children living in homes where drugs were allegedly found or being sold.
“It’s alarming that drug traffickers are storing, selling and using drugs around their families,” divisional tasking unit acting Sgt Ray Causer said.
“Ice changes people for the worst and ice will make you steal from your grandmother, lie to your mother to get your next hit and it’s the family and children who are the forgotten victims in relation to the drug trade.”
Tasking units are small teams of undercover police based at 24-hour regional police stations, including Wodonga.
They are tasked to respond to ebbs and flows in crime — from burglaries to thefts from cars — but the majority of the unit’s work is drug detection.
In Wodonga, it’s a detection rate that leapt 60 per cent last year.
Sgt Causer said the job for police was to find out who was selling drugs, and to whom.
“Trafficking does not stop at the border,” he said.
“If you think drug dealing is a good idea, you may get away with it this week, you may get away with it next week, but you will be targeted. You will be caught and you will be prosecuted.”
He said police had the power to seize property connected to drug-related crime.
“If you use a car when you deliver drugs, we can seize that; if you use your mobile phone to arrange transactions, we can take that too,” he said.