A dozen people have been arrested and 37 weapons seized by police during a series of raids across Perth’s suburbs targeting illegal firearms.
The three-day operation started last Tuesday and resulted in detectives from the drug and firearm squad carrying out 15 search warrants across the across the metropolitan area.
Among the items seized were 13 firearms, 1,600 rounds of ammunition, 24 other weapons including double-edged machetes, batons, pepper spray, throwing stars and slingshots and six stolen cars.
Detective Senior Sergeant Matt Froude said the 12 people arrested had been charged with 26 offences, including unlawful possession of firearms.
“Illicit firearms pose a significant threat to the community, particularly when they fall into the hands of serious and organised crime groups and outlaw motorcycle gangs,” Det. Sen. Sgt Froude said.
“This particular operation focussed on people in the metropolitan area who our intelligence holdings suggested were in possession of illicit firearms.
“By removing those firearms from the community now we reduce the risk of seeing those firearms being involved in serious crimes.
“We will continue to work with local police and specialist units such as the Tactical Response Group and Gang Crime Squad to target persons involved in the illicit firearm trade and keep the WA community safe.”