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Weir investigation: Police confirm jiggers, cocaine found

2 years ago

Victoria Police assistant commissioner Neil Paterson and Racing Victoria ceo Giles Thompson have on Wednesday afternoon held a joint press conference following the arrests of three men on Wednesday morning, one of which is leading trainer Darren Weir.

Prior to 6am, police executed search warrants at properties in Warrnambool, Yangery and Miners Rest.

Paterson said: "Today, Victoria Police have arrested three men; one being a 48-year-old from Miners Rest, a 38-year-old from Yangery, and a 26-year-old man from Warrnambool.

"All three of those males are being interviewed by police at this time, and I can inform you that the 26-year-old male has now been released from custody pending further inquiries.

"We have initially located a number of items which the police have seized, including what we believe to be an unregistered firearm, three conducted energy devices, commonly called Tazers or in the racing industry referred to as jiggers, and another property we also seized a fourth conducted energy device and a small quantity of what we believe to be cocaine.

"These offences relate to offences of obtaining financial advantage by deception, engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome, the use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes, attempting to commit an indictable offence, and also charges that relate to animal cruelty."

Paterson confirmed the investigation "has been going for some time now, but particularly since August last year, it has been going quite in earnest".

Thompson added: "Whilst I'm not at liberty to confirm the identity of those persons arrested at this time, I can confirm the three males are licenced participants in the Victorian racing industry.

"No charges have been laid, and thus those involved are entitled to the presumption of innocence at this time.

"Our investigations are ongoing, and if they deliver any evidence anything to substantiate a breach of the rules of racing, then we will take action."

Following several hours of police questioning, it is believed Weir has been realeased.

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