Two Tooradin men have been charged with multiple offences after investigators from the Illicit Firearms Squad seized guns, drugs and firearm parts in from two Tooradin properties on the morning of Thursday 13 January.
Detectives from the Illicit Firearms Squad, Dandenong Divisional Response Unit and Casey Crime Investigation Unit executed search warrants at two Bayview Road properties at 6am on Thursday following an investigation into the manufacturing of firearms in Melbourne’s south.
They subsequently seized two firearms and firearm parts, as well as a quantity of cannabis.
A 28-year-old Tooradin man was charged with possess general category handgun, possess cartridge ammunition and possess parts to manufacture firearms.
He was bailed to appear at Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on Friday 10 June.
An 18-year-old man from Tooradin, already subject to a Firearm Prohibition Order (FPO), was charged with FPO subject in possession of firearm, FPO subject in possession of firearm related item, prohibited person possess firearm, possess cartridge ammunition, cultivate cannabis and commit indictable offence whilst on bail.
He appeared before the Dandenong Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon and the matter is ongoing.
Once issued, an FPO remains in effect for 10 years for adults and five years for children, which is those between 14 and 17 years of age.
During that time, the individual is prohibited from acquiring, possessing, carrying or using any firearm or firearm related item such as ammunition.
They are also unable to enter a range of premises including firearms dealers, shooting ranges or firearms clubs.
Offenders face 10 years imprisonment for acquiring, possessing, carrying or using a firearm or firearm related item under FPOs.
Since they were introduced in May 2018, Victoria Police has issued over 1300 FPOs across the state.
Anyone with information about illicit firearm activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to crimestoppersvic.com.au