Seven arrests in Melbourne gun, drug raids

Seven people have been arrested following drug and gun trafficking raids in Melbourne.

The group was nabbed on Tuesday night by the Southern Metro Divisional Response Unit under an operation running since February.

Police raided homes in Brighton, Oakleigh South, Bentleigh, Bentleigh East, Cheltenham and Clayton.

They seized a number of items including a 22-calibre handgun, a shortened double-barrel shotgun, pen pistol, ammunition and firearm components.

Police also seized a commercial quantity of methamphetamine, trafficable quantities of cocaine cannabis, GHB, steroids, 1.4 butanediol, various prescription medications, documents and equipment for the manufacturing of drugs, stolen property, identification documents, two Tasers, other prohibited weapons, a stolen BMW and a large amount of property believed to be the proceeds of crime.

Shannin Dei Wal faced court on Wednesday afternoon on five charges, including trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine, possession of the drug and possession of an unregistered handgun.

The 29-year-old from Oakleigh South is also accused of disposing of the handgun to a person who was not a licensed dealer.

Co-accused Stephen Karazisis faced Melbourne Magistrates Court earlier on Wednesday on 15 charges including trafficking methamphetamine.

Both men are due back in court on September 16.

Police said two men and two women aged between 24 and 56 were due to face court in Moorabbin, while a 26-year-old Clayton South man was interviewed and released pending summons.

The Southern Metro Divisional Response Unit were supported by a number of other units, including the Special Operations Group and Critical Incident Response Team.