Bikie crackdown

A private address in Traralgon was raided by Victoria police this morning as part of a state-wide operation targeting the Rebels outlaw motorcycle gang.

The pre-dawn raids, which targeted more than 20 properties across the state, came as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged murder of a Deer Park man on Australia Day this year.

However, Latrobe Police Inspector Mark Langhorn said the Traralgon raid was chiefly designed to curb a growing Rebels bikies presence in Gippsland, amid suspicions the outlaw motorcycle gang could be moving to establish chapter headquarters in the area.

A Rebels headquarters in Pakenham and an address in Sandringham, both with links to the emerging Gippsland chapter, were also raided.

Drug and firearms were seized, and a number of “persons of interest” questioned.