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Melbourne gang used 3D printer for guns

AAP logoAAP 10/12/2016 Angus Livingston and Julian Drape

A 3D printer allegedly used to print guns has been seized in police raids on a Melbourne organised crime syndicate.

Victoria Police raided 13 homes in the city's southeastern suburbs before 7am on Sunday after a five-month operation.

Seven men and two women were arrested, while 14 guns, two stolen vehicles, cash and drugs were allegedly seized during the raids.

"We've also seized a 3D printer which was used to manufacture some of those firearms, highlighting a significant risk to the community," Superintendent Amy Gledden told reporters on Sunday.

"It's relatively new technology and it's been tested in forensic areas in different police agencies and this is one time we've actually seized them in Victoria."

Police also seized silver ingots and a sword.

"This syndicate was able to access large quantities of drugs and was also responsible for the trafficking and the manufacture of firearms," Supt Gledden said.

"They then armed themselves to carry out serious offences and presented a significant risk to our community."

Prior to Sunday's raids another six alleged gang members had been arrested and charged.

Five men and one woman - aged between 22 and 36 - were arrested in November and early December and charged with drug and weapon offences.

The 13 houses raided on Sunday were in Noble Park North, Rowville, Endeavour Hills, Narre Warren, Mount Waverley, Carrum, Carrum Downs, Wheelers Hill, Seaford, Lyndhurst and Mulgrave.

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