Two Allansford brothers have been remanded in custody after police seized about $7500 worth of ice and nine weapons, including a loaded sawn-off shotgun and a 22 calibre rifle.
Luke Ryan, 30, of no fixed address, and his brother Jamie Ryan, 27, of Drylakes Road, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Tuesday where they made self-represented bail applications.
Magistrate Peter Mellas said the brothers were unacceptable risks to the community and had failed to show compelling reasons why they should be released on bail.
They were remanded in custody until May 27.
The court heard Luke was intercepted by police after driving erratically on the Princes Highway at Garvoc about 1am on Monday. An officer saw the reflection of a knife and the vehicle was searched. Police located a number of identity cards believed to be stolen and two knives. The items were seized and Luke was cautioned by police.
He was intercepted again on the Camperdown-Lismore Road at 4.45pm. A search of his vehicle located 15 grams of ice, plastic deal bags, a double-edged knife, knuckle dusters, a blade throwing star, tomahawk, large meat clever, a loaded sawn-off shotgun, ammunition and $300 cash.
Luke told police he drove to Geelong three days a week to purchase 15 to 30 grams of ice, which he used and sold.
He said the blade throwing star was a Fidget Spinner toy.
Luke denied owning the gun but told police he had been driving around with friends looking for "a certain person to get revenge on".
Warrnambool police Senior Constable Joe Fischer told the court he believed Luke was working with his brother Jamie to deal drugs.
He said a search warrant executed at Jamie's property located a machete, taser, 50ml of GHB, prescription medication, a 22 calibre rifle and matching ammunition.
Police also located 0.35 grams of ice in Jamie's underwear.
The brothers are both prohibited persons under The Firearms Act 1996.
Detective Sergeant Andy Raven, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, said it was a great result to get firearms off the streets.
"Firearms often get stolen and can fall into the wrong hands," he said.
"It is dangerous driving around with a loaded firearm and if these people are using drugs, they can be unpredictable."
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