Baby formula “syndicate” uncovered in Melbourne


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Police have seized $300,000 worth of baby formula, face creams, pawpaw ointments and more, according to reports

Officers seized $300,000 worth of Aptamil formula, Swisse liver detox supplements and Lucas’ Pawpaw ointment from six separate Melbourne properties on Thursday, following a month-long investigation.

During the raids, police also seized $500,000 worth of cash, according to media reports.

Detective Sergeant Mark Anderson of the Maribyrnong Crime Investigation Unit said the syndicate was an inside operation, with a number of the large companies noticing inventory was missing.

“This has been one of a number of search warrants that have been executed over the past 12 months, and we’ve found through our investigation that some of the products are going overseas and some are going interstate,” Detective Sergeant Anderson said.

“We seized a number of cans of baby formula, a number of Olay-type face creams, pawpaw ointments – just your general items you can buy at supermarkets along with some perfume type products.”

Maribyrnong Crime Investigation Unit detectives have arrested seven people in relation to the matter.

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald report here.

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