21 firearms have been seized and one person arrested as part of South West Operation 'Athena'.
Detectives from Warrnambool and Portland were tasked to ensure firearms compliance was being upheld in the region and was led by the Warrnambool Divisional Tasking Team, with support from the Warrnambool Crime Investigation Unit, Warrnambool Family Violence Investigation Unit and Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Investigation Team and the Portland Crime Investigation Unit.
Between Monday 6 September and Friday 10 September, police conducted one search warrant, six Firearm Prohibition Order (FPO) compliance searches and 84 licensed firearm storage inspections to locate and seize any unsecured or illegal firearms and firearm related items.
The search warrant was executed at an address in Camperdown on Monday 6 September, where officers seized an imitation firearm, ammunition, shotgun cartridge, laser pointer, baton and six grams of cannabis.
A 32-year-old man was arrested and later charged with a range of offences including prohibited person possess imitation firearm, possess ammunition, possess prohibited weapon and two counts of possess cannabis.
He appeared before Warrnambool Magistrates Court and was bailed to reappear before the same court on 8 April 2022.
Of the six FPO compliance searches, police found one breach at an address in Dennington.
A 35-year-old man is expected to be charged via summons with possess firearm related item when a FPO applies, possess ammunition without license and unlicensed person fail to store cartridge ammunition in a secure manner.
A 63-year-old man, also residing at the Dennington address, is expected to be charged via summons with possess ammunition without license and unlicensed person fail to store cartridge ammunition in a secure manner. Only one of the 84 licensed firearm storage inspections resulted in firearms being seized.
Police visited an address in Narrawong where they seized 21 firearms, including three that were unregistered.