Five people were arrested yesterday following half a dozen warrants executed by police in Shepparton and across the north-east region.
Firearms, cash and drugs, including amphetamines, GHB and cannabis, were seized.
A house in Lemnos was one of a number of properties raided following an almost 10-month investigation by North West Metro Regional Crime Squad.
A Barooga man, 38, faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday following his alleged involvement in a statewide syndicate.
North West Metro Regional Crime Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Jeff Cocks said the arrests yesterday related to an investigation that began in September last year.
‘‘The Regional Crime Squad started an investigation into firearms and drug trafficking in the northern suburbs,’’ he said.
‘‘As a result of working on that syndicate, it has led us up into the north of Victoria.’’
Det Sen Sgt Cocks said it became apparent to detectives that drugs were allegedly being trafficked from the Cragieburn area into Barooga.
Police allege a Barooga man was then distributing drugs to places including Shepparton, Yarrawonga and Wangaratta through runners.
The warrants yesterday followed a further 24 that have been executed across Melbourne and rural Victoria in recent months.
‘‘We’ve seized 12 firearms, $100000 worth of cash and a substantial amount of drugs,’’ Det Sen Sgt Cocks said.
‘‘The firearms range from semi-automatic, sawn-off shotguns, assault rifles along with ammunition, tasers, swords and a range of other weapons.’’
In a raid on a house in Lemnos, police alleged more than 450g of cannabis was seized.
Sen Sgt Cocks said the syndicate, the alleged leaders of which were based in Melbourne, was ‘‘sophisticated and well organised’’.
‘‘We’re pleased to bring an end to the insidious operation,’’ he said. ‘‘It restores community confidence in police abilities to tackle organised crime.’’
The Barooga man was remanded in custody and will face court at a later date.