THREE people have been arrested in Bendigo following an investigation into alleged firearms and drug offences.
Special Operations Group officers arrested a 27-year-old Bendigo man on Mitchell Street on Thursday after he got out of a vehicle.
A 26-year-old Kangaroo Flat woman, who was driving the white Kia sedan at the time, was also arrested.
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A firearm and ammunition were located during a search of the car, while police also located drugs during a search of the man.
The man has been charged with:
- prohibited person possessing a firearm
- prohibited person using firearm
- contravening a Firearms Prohibition Order in possession of firearm
- failing to immediately surrender on whom Firearms Prohibition Order was served
- prohibited person possessing ammunition
- traffic methylamphetamine
- possessing drug of dependence
- prohibited person using a firearm
The 27-year-old man was also issued with a firearms prohibition order.
The woman was released pending further enquiries.
The man was remanded and will reappear at Bendigo Magistrates' Court on November 11.
The white Kia was seized and will be examined by forensic investigators.
Following the arrests, Echo Taskforce detectives searched a residential property in Olive Street, Bendigo.
During the search, a number of edged weapons, pepper spray, knuckle dusters, and drugs were located.
A woman, 22, was arrested at the Olive Street property and has since been charged with drugs and weapons offences.
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She was remanded in custody and will appear at Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Friday.
A further search warrant was executed on Friday at the Rebels Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang headquarters on Havilah Road in Long Gully.
The officer in charge of the Echo Taskforce, Detective Inspector Graham Banks, said Victoria Police would continue to have a strong focus on the activities of both Rebels members and their associates.
"Those involved in criminal activities can be assured that we will do everything possible to ensure they are held accountable for their actions," he said.
"Victoria Police is not intimidated by Rebels Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs, nor will we allow our communities to be."
"We will also continue to issue Firearm Protection Orders to those who we know are involved in criminal activities.
"An FPO prevents a person from acquiring, possessing or using a firearm or firearm related items, as well as entering certain premises such as firearms dealerships and shooting ranges."
Detective Inspector Banks said the investigation would continue.
Police urged anyone with information about Rebels activity to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report to crimestoppersvic.com.au
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