Workers At Medically-Supervised Injecting Room Charged With Drug Trafficking
In the crucial closing months of a medically-supervised injecting room trial in Melbourne, two workers linked to the centre have been charged with drug trafficking.
The 36-year-old Brunswick West woman and 49-year-old Richmond man were among six people charged with trafficking a drug of dependence on Thursday.
The pair are community outreach workers whose job is to bring drug users into contact with the injecting room's facilities and treatment options.
But police allege they are also involved in trafficking illegal drugs, although noted none of the alleged offences occurred inside the facility.
Two others arrested were released pending further inquiries.
Acting Mental Health Minister Luke Donnellan said the allegations are very serious.
The North Richmond facility opened in June 2018 for an 18-month trial and has recorded scores of thousands of visits and managed more than 1800 overdoses without a death.
There have been objections to the centre. Parents from a nearby primary school have complained about its proximity to young children, and neighbours say there has been an increase in waste -- including used syringes -- in surrounding streets.
The state Labor government has already completed a purpose-built facility for the centre but insists its future will be based on the outcome of the trial.