A NUMBER of drugs and weapons have been seized by police following raids north of the Coast on Thursday.
Taskforce Maxima detectives executed two simultaneous search warrants at residences in Jacaranda Street, Boronia Heights.
Officers seized a high-powered rifle and sawn-off rifle, ammunition, a police ballistic vest, a quantity of methyl-amphetamines (ICE), steroids and other drug paraphernalia.
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Police claim all the items were part of a drug network run by the Bandidos criminal motorcycle gang.
Three men were arrested on a range of drugs and weapons charges.
Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said police are quick to act on information about criminal motorcycle gangs.
“Since the inception of Taskforce Maxima, we have been targeting the illegal, anti-social and dangerous activities of these gangs,” Detective Acting Superintendent Smith said.
“These gangs have no respect for the law or the community and we are pleased to take these weapons out of illegal hands and continue to make the streets safer for law-abiding citizens.”
A 33-year-old Boronia Heights man was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, and one count each of possession of dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of a Category H weapon, possession of explosives (ammunition), and unlawful possession of Category E weapon (ballistic vest).
A 26-year-old Boronia Heights man was charged with two counts unlawful possession of a dangerous drug and one count each of possession of dangerous drugs, unlawful possession of thing used in a drug offence, and possession of drug utensil.
A 25-year-old Boronia Heights man was charged with one count each of possession of dangerous drugs, unlawful possession a dangerous drug, unlawful possession of thing used in a drug offence, and fail to dispose of a syringe.
The men appeared in Richlands Magistrates Court today and are due to reappear at a later date.