By Luke Voogt
Police seized samurai swords, a handgun, ammunition and drugs in a series of raids targeting the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang across Geelong yesterday morning.
Detectives executed warrants beginning at 4am at residential and commercial properties in Lovely Banks, Breakwater, Moolap, Herne Hill and Belmont, along with a Breakwater clubhouse.
They charged a 28-year-old Herne Hill man with possessing a handgun, possessing a prohibited weapon, and cultivating and possessing cannabis.
Detectives also charged a 27-year-old Herne Hill woman with both possessing and cultivating cannabis.
Both have been bailed to appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on September 9.
A 30-year-old Moolap man is set to face charges on summons for drugs and ammunition offences, while police released a 31-year-old Lovely Banks man pending further enquiries.
The operation included officers from the Echo Taskforce, Geelong Tasking and Crime Intervention Team and Australian Federal Police’s national anti-gangs squad.
Police urged anyone with information on outlaw motorcycle gang activity to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.