Residential properties in Pakenham and Clyde North, with alleged links to a notorious bikie gang, have been raided as part of a national operation.
Six people were arrested and 14 firearms were seized in Victoria as part of the National Day of Action targeting the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) on Thursday 3 December.
Those arrested have since been charged with a raft of drug, firearms, weapons and explosives offences. None resisted arrest, police say.
Police also served Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPO) on 12 OMCG members and conducted a number of further compliance checks.
A number of items, including cash, drugs, firearms and explosives, were also allegedly seized from various addresses.
Crime Command acting Assistant Commissioner Mick Frewen said the group was responsible for “serious and high offending” such as homicides, non-fatal shootings, extortion, drug trafficking and serious assault.
In Victoria alone, the Mongols have allegedly been linked to a number of firearms incidents including multiple homicides and non-fatal shootings over the past 15 months.
“These activities bring immense harm to communities across Australia and often significantly impacts innocent people who have no links to the OMCG,” A/AC Frewen said.
The National Day of Action, coordinated by National Task Force Morpheus, involved police from across Australia including the Echo Taskforce, Public Order Response and the Dog Squad.
A/AC Frewen said it was “imperative” that law enforcement agencies across Australia continue to work to together to target OMCGs, including the Mongols.
“Organised criminal groups such as the Mongols aren’t a state-based problem, they remain a significant issue for law enforcement right across Australia and days of action such as this one provides the ideal opportunity for us to work together to target their offending and also gather intelligence,” he said.
“The members of National Task Force Morpheus are committed to disrupting and dismantling the criminal networks linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs and will do everything within their powers to protect the community from the dangers outlaw motorcycle gangs pose.
“It’s important that criminal organisations such as the Mongols are held accountable for their criminal actions and this week shows that police will actively work to disrupt their activities.”
Anyone with information about OMCG activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.