TWO people in Echuca were arrested after a series of early morning raids on Saturday by the Victoria Police’s Taskforce Echo.
Its detective and uniformed members executed warrants in Echuca, Shepparton and Melbourne around 8am.
A police spokesman said the raids were targeting people with alleged links to outlaw motorcycle gang the Mongols.
By the time the raids were over three people had been arrested and police had netted a cache of two firearms, ammunition, drugs and other weapons, including knives and a baton.
In Echuca a 34-year-old woman and 32-year-old man were arrested in the same house. The woman was interviewed and released pending further enquiries. The man has been charged with traffick drug of dependence, possess drug of dependence and possess proceeds of crime. He faced an out of sessions hearing and was remanded to appear at Bendigo Magistrates’ Court today.
The third arrest was a 29-year-old man in Shepparton. He has been charged with trafficking a commercial quantity of a drug of dependence, possess drug of dependence, prohibited person possess firearm and other offences.
Set up to fight organised crime amongst outlaw motorcycle gangs Taskforce Echo has made significant seizures and arrests in recent years.
Police released footage from the Echuca raid (go to riverineherald.com.au) showing an officer instructing a sniffer dog to search the boot of a red sedan parked in front of a house.
Other officers can be seen carrying bags of evidence from the house before armed officers lead a handcuffed man out of the house, followed shortly after by a woman, who was not handcuffed.