Dean Poot (25), from Bendigo, was arrested in a police raid on his home at Gumnut Rise on May 17. Poot is the alleged leader of a drug dealing syndicate in Bendigo who imported drugs from the dark web. On Wednesday, the 25-year-old’s bail was refused by Bendigo Magistrates’ Court, he is facing 7 charges including trafficking methylamphetamine and interfering with witnesses.
According to Sergeant Brent McGuire, of the Central Victoria Response Unit, the gang stole identities of other persons and used them to fraudulently use the victims’ bank accounts to trade in bitcoins and import meth from overseas. McGuire added that they even drove one bank account into $88,000 in debt. The syndicate operated through central Victoria and used a network of couriers and associates to distribute meth.
Police say when they arrived at the house of Poot, co-accused Zachary Murray allegedly held a sawn-off shotgun cocked and loaded while Poot loaded up a computer, which allegedly contained evidence of the online transactions made by the gang. Law enforcement authorities seized 75 grams of meth, $20,000 in cash, fake driver’s licenses,