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Eight men charged after 18 properties searched across the region

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Eight men have been charged and 18 properties across Shepparton, Mooroopna, Kialla and Muckatah have been searched as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged criminal activities of Outlaws Motorcycle Club members.

Victoria Police’s Taskforce Echo detectives executed several warrants from 7 am yesterday morning along with members of Crime Command, the Anti-Gangs Division, Armed Crime Squad, Vehicle Crime Squad, Fugitive Taskforce, State Liquor Unit and local police from eastern and western regions.

Members of the Australian Federal Police's National Anti-Gangs Squad were also involved in the warrant execution, which targeted Outlaws members and associates at residential and clubhouse addresses.

Detective Acting Inspector Paul Lloyd said the warrants formed part of an ongoing investigation into the activities of club members, particularly in regional Victoria.

“It’s been a significant result and a lot of effort has gone in,” he said.

Det Insp Lloyd said all alcohol and fridges were seized from the Outlaws’ clubhouses in Nagambie, Cobram, Shepparton and Kyabram, due to alleged offences against the liquor licensing act.

“(Tuesday's) efforts are the result of a long-term investigation which we’re pleased to bring to resolution,” he said.

Eight men have been charged, while a 64-year-old Ardmona man issued with a cannabis caution and a drug diversion for possession of cocaine.

A 32-year-old man from Shepparton has been charged with firearm offences, methamphetamine trafficking and possessing of a precursor chemical, while a 50-year-old Kialla man was charged with firearm offences, methamphetamine trafficking and cannabis cultivation.

Both men appeared at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Five men, a 59-year-old Invergordon man, Shepparton men aged 53 and 44, and Mooroopna men aged 50 and 62 have been bailed to appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on March 23 regarding various weapons and drugs charges.

A 32-year-old Mooroopna man has been charged with various weapons charges and possession of steroids and will appear at Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on March 30.

“They’ll be held to account before the courts and they’ll be dealt with according to the law,” Det Insp Lloyd said.

Further investigations will continue into the alleged liquor licensing offences.

Anyone with information about Outlaws activity is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to crimestoppersvic.com.au