Five people have been arrested
and loaded guns seized from a home with young children in raids on the Geelong
chapter of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang.
Officers from Taskforce Echo executed warrants
at seven properties as part of a six-month investigation into alleged drug
Detective Inspector Marty O'Brien saidweapons, drugs, cash and stolen vehicles were seized in the raids.
"[We've seized] four firearms — two of which
were handguns — a silencer for a weapon, a substantial amount of ammunition, a
quantity of drugs and cash," he said.
He said the loaded handguns were found in the
garage of a home where children lived.
"Clearly of concern to us is those handguns
are there ready for use ... clearly it's an absolute hazard those weapons being
in that condition in any premises, let alone where young children are around."
One of the people arrested was a "high-ranking
member" of the Geelong chapter of Bandidos, and another had previously been a
high-ranking member, he said.
"We are committed to breaking down organised
crime within these groups and dismantling these outlaw groups," he said.
"This is a substantial move towards that
direction, but clearly there's a lot of work still to be done."
Police are continuing to search properties at
Geelong, She Oaks, Lara, Newcomb and Werribee.
The weapons seized will be looked at by