Alleged crime family member Matwali Chaouk pleads ‘guilty’ to firearms offences

A MEMBER of an alleged Melbourne crime family has pleaded guilty to firearms charges stemming from police raids in June this year.

Matwali Chaouk at an earlier court appearance

Matwali Chaouk, 26, admitted to one count of possessing an unregistered firearm while being a prohibited person and two counts of possessing ammunition without a licence.

Chaouk appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court via videolink from prison for the brief hearing today.

Police said on June 8, they found Chaouk wearing a black bum bag with a gun inside when they raided a Burgess St, Brooklyn home.

Members of the Santiago Taskforce raided a Brooklyn home on June 8 this year and found Matwali carrying the semi-automatic pistol in a bum bag he was wearing across his chest.

β€œHe appeared a little shaken by our presence and quickly flipped the bum bag around to the back of his body,” Sen-Det Anna Dickinson says in her tendered statement.

β€œI was present and observed the removal and subsequent search of the bum bag worn by Chaouk after some objection from him.” probably scared the shit out him

Ammunition was also found at the house.

Early the next morning police raided Chaouk’s Brooklyn apartment and found more ammunition.

The charges do not relate to a further raid conducted by police on the Chaouk family compound in Geelong Rd, Brooklyn, in July.

In August, Chaouk’s father Macchour Chaouk was shot dead at the Geelong Rd home.

Chaouk will appear in the Victorian County Court on November 1 for a pre-sentence hearing.

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