Echo Taskforce detectives yesterday arrested two people and seized an imitation AK47 rifle as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking linked to the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG).
Police carried out searches at two residential addresses in Reservoir and Glenroy early Thursday morning.
The imitation AK47 assault rifle was seized, alongside quantities of various drugs, including human growth steroids and cocaine, a quantity of cash and drug paraphernalia.
A 42-year-old Reservoir man, who is a chapter president of the Hells Angels, was charged with possess drug of dependence, commit indictable offence whilst on bail and two counts of contravene conduct condition of bail.
He was bailed to face Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on 23 August.
A 44-year-old Glenroy woman, an associate of the Hells Angels, was charged with traffick drug of dependence, possess proceeds of crime, possess imitation firearm and possess drug of dependence.
She was bailed to appear at Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court on 11 October.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Quotes attributable to Acting Deputy Commissioner, Bob Hill:
“This is yet another arrest linked to serious and organised crime groups operating in this state and demonstrates Victoria Police’s unrelenting commitment to target the evil activities of these criminals.
“The seizures highlight the significant nature of the offending hence why we will continue to work tirelessly to put a stop to the harm these people are causing in our community.
“The Hells Angels is a group well known for violent offending, and they will remain a continued focus of Victoria Police and the Echo Taskforce for that reason.”