FARM GUNS STOLEN – Saturday April 13 2013

– A police sting has uncovered a criminal network stealing guns from farmers.
The Herald Sun has been told Taskforce Griffin, set up in February, is probing a breakout in gun crime.
More than 100 firearms have been stolen in 41 burglaries, and there have been aggravated burglaries and two non-fatal shootings.
Detective Inspector Adrian Dalzotto, of the Armed Crime Taskforce, said there were concerns the stolen guns, in particular the handguns, might have been sold on the black market.
Taskforce Griffin officers are also probing several unsolved cases including:
– The shooting of a Coburg man, 26, in the leg at Corio last June.
– An aggravated burglary and theft of 22 handguns on New Year’s Day, from a man who ran a licensed firearm dealership in his garage.
– The shooting of a 43-year-old man in the upper body at Geelong’s North Shore.
Yesterday, Geelong Magistrates Court heard a lengthy undercover operation had caught a man selling illegal and prescription drugs and helping to buy stolen guns.
Michael Phu Tran, 26, of Norlane, has been charged with 33 offences, including 10 counts of drug trafficking and four of assisting in the unlawful dealing of firearms.
Mr Tran is also charged with burglaries and thefts, including of an estimated $23,000 worth if items from his ex-de facto’s family home in Moriac in January.
Cannabis, ice, ecstasy, Xanax and Rohypnol are among the drugs he is accused of dealing.
Mr Tran was arrested on Thursday.
Police said a search of his Portland Street home found a bow and arrow, drugs, including a vial of steroids and property stolen in a $13,000 theft on a North Geelong business earlier this week.
Detective Senior Constable Dale Smith told the court that from August until January, Mr Tran:
– Sold an undercover police officer two ounces of cannabis and several thousands of dollars worth of ice.
– Dealt 200 ecstasy tablets, and retained 100 pills worth $2500 for his personal use.
– Facilitated the sale of four firearms, including a $10,500 Beretta handgun that was one of 22 firearms stolen in an armed robbery from a licensed dealer in Corio on New Year’s Day.
Police also alleged Mr Tran sold about 300 prescription Xanax tablets and about 20 Rohypnol pills in February and March.
Mr Tran is also charged with dismantling 6.5 metres of scaffolding from a Torquay property, before trying to sell the $2500 structure.
Representing himself, he told magistrate Michael Coghlan he wanted to submit to drug rehabilitation, in order to see his son.
Mr Tran was refused bail and remanded to reappear in court on April 18th – Anthony Dowsley & Shane Fowles


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