Victoria Police Operation Shield, 18 arrested in Geelong on illegal guns

Eighteen people have been arrested in Geelong as part of a crackdown on illicit handguns.

In Geelong and its vicinity, specialized firearms detectives from the Victoria Police detained 18 suspects as part of a massive crackdown on illicit guns and other weapons.

Since Tuesday, February 16, 29 properties have been raided as part of Operation Shield.

In addition, four weapons, five fake firearms, bullets, and 21 other illegal weapons have been confiscated, including knives, swords, knuckledusters, and tasers.

Police has obtained from many homes more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, as well as narcotic plants and other illegal products.

Victoria Police Operation Shield, 18 arrested in Geelong on illegal guns

Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPO) were turned out to a number of persons, barring them from possessing a pistol, whilst those who were still subject to an FPO were scanned for guns.

One of these, a 39-year-old Alfredton resident, was arrested after he was discovered in possession of a shotgun and ammunition by police during a February 16 enforcement search.

He's also been charged with 50 counts of stolen goods handling.

As well as the guns, police confiscated a campervan, a motorcycle and identification cards from the property of the man, all allegedly stolen since October last year during a string of robberies in Geelong and Broadmeadows.

The allegedly stolen items is reported to be worth around $100,000 in all.

The man has been granted bail and is due to appear on March 16 at Geelong Magistrates Court.

A 39-year-old Grovedale man was detained after an FPO enforcement search on February 23 in a separate incident.

He's been charged with unlawfully owning a weapon and a firearm-related object, as well as a series of drug offenses.

A double-barrelled shotgun, a replica handgun, an expandable baton, a cattle prod, and a laser pointer were among the arms recovered during searches on his house.

The prohibited drug GHB, hemp seeds, cannabis and methylamphetamine were also detected.

The perpetrator has been granted parole and has been ordered to appear in court on April 9.

"We make no apology for routinely checking on those people in our society that police have judged are too dangerous to own a weapon," said Geelong Weapons Prohibition squad Detective Acting Sergeant Brendan O'Mahoney.

"There are significant potential consequences involved with an FPO violation, with a maximum penalty of up to 10 years incarceration."