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Police seize alcohol in Hells Angels raid

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BY: Caroline Zielinski and Nino Bucci

Australia - Police have executed a warrant at a Hells Angels clubhouse in Melbourne's south-east.

A large amount of alcohol was seized during the raid at the premises in Patrick Court, Seaford.

The warrant, executed at 11am on Friday, is part of the ongoing Operation Resound, which is designed to manage conflict between outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Operation Resound was set up in March in response to the attempted murder of Bandidos enforcer Toby Mitchell. Advertisement

The police have refused to provide further comment, as the investigation is continuing.

It is believed an official opening party is planned for the clubhouse on Saturday night, which was also to be attended by members of feeder club the Red Devils, who have a clubhouse near Frankston.

The Darkside chapter clubhouse is in an industrial area and was shot at during a drive-by shooting overnight on June 14.

The clubhouse, at that stage, carried no sign, and bullet holes could be seen in an outside wall and in a window near the glass door to the building.

There were no injuries.

The Bandidos declared war on the Hells Angels days after Toby Mitchell and another member

were ambushed in Melton on March 1.

Chief Commissioner of police Ken Lay said in May that Operation Resound police had executed about 35 warrants and arrested 25 people on a range of offences including drug and firearm charges.

In March, police said 27-year-old Watsonia man Daniel Mark Pegoraro was a "person of interest" in the shooting of Mitchell.

Pegoraro was facing an out-of-sessions court charged with two counts of handling stolen goods when Detective Senior Constable Kevin Burke revealed that he could be involved in the shooting.

Pegoraro is affiliated with the Thomastown Nomads section of the Hell's Angels, and his brother Daniel is a patched member of the Red Devils, a group described by Senior Constable Burke as a "breeding ground for the Hells Angels".

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