Drug deals: mother, son charged

A MOTHER and son arrested in Somerville last week allegedly supplied cannabis to school students over the past 12 months.

Sniffer dogs taken to their house assisted police in allegedly finding two cannabis plants, 57 grams of cannabis in foils and $2865 cash.

A 41-year-old woman was charged with drug trafficking and possession and profiting from the proceeds of crime. She was bailed to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court in April.

Her son, 15, a former student of the school, was charged with cultivating, trafficking and possession. He was summonsed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

Acting Senior Sergeant Melissa Rodgers, of Hastings police, described the pair as “major distributors [of cannabis] to kids in Somerville”.

She said police would allege “four ounces of cannabis was being sold from the house per week” since February last year.

“We are told this house was the go-to place for kids to buy cannabis in Somerville,” Sergeant Rodgers said.

Two plants were allegedly found growing at the property, which is close to Somerville Secondary College.

Principal Christopher Lloyd said he did not know if the mother and son had sold drugs to Somerville secondary students, even though they “lived close by”.

The school had not counselled students specifically over this drug issue, but regularly ran harm minimisation sessions to advise of the dangers of drugs.

First published in the Western Port News – 28 February 2017