Accused drug kingpin begs to spend Christmas out of jail with mother


An accused Melbourne drug kingpin allegedly found with 3D printed guns has pleaded to stay out of jail because he will miss his mum's "last Christmas".

Francesco Molinaro was arrested in raids on his Noble Park home on Sunday after a five month police operation.

Police performed raids at properties across Melbourne's south east on Sunday. Picture: 7 News

"Can't you just give me bail, please?" Molinaro told an out of sessions court hearing on Sunday night.

"It's going to be my mum's last Christmas, please."

The 30-year old was hit with 35 charges, including commercial trafficking of ice and GHB, as well as selling guns.

Police allegedly found 3D printed guns at Molinaro's home, along with regular guns, and said he was the kingpin of the drug operation.

Molinaro said he had "a little plan" to go to a drug detox facility in Toorak if he got bail.

"Which my grandparents said they would pay for me... I just never took them up on the offer," he said.

Drugs and a 3D printer used to make guns were allegedly seized during raids at 13 properties in south-east Melbourne. Picture: 7 News

Co-accused Patrick Arena, 43, was allegedly financing Molinaro's operation, but he told the court he only bought so much ice because he could afford it for personal use.

Arena and Molinaro allegedly used emojis as a code for drug orders - a bottle for GHB, and a bowl for ice.

Police also allegedly found $49,000 in cash, ice, magic mushrooms, IDs, 11 silver bars and a gold ingot at a property linked to another co-accused, Andy Pantzoglou.

Melbourne gang used 3D printer for guns

"I'm not a stupid boy, I know how serious this is going to be," the 26-year-old Pantzoglou said in court.

Each of the men, and a fourth accused, James Bau, 30, were denied bail and remanded to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Superintendent Amy Gledden said the police sting had come down hard on an organised crime syndicate supplying drugs and weapons.

She also said the 3D printed guns showed how dangerous the alleged criminals were.

"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," Supt Gledden told reporters.