Firearms, ammunition and even a python have been seized from a Bulga home.
As a part of Strike Force Raptor North's ongoing investigations into outlaw motorcycle gang activities, officers conducted a search warrant at a home on Wollemi Peak Road yesterday.
Investigators located a number of items including a firearm silencer, three loaded rifles, two shortened shotguns, a loaded large capacity .22 magazine, a laser pointer, ammunition, mobile phones, a motorcycle suspected to have been stolen, a diamond python, and prohibited drugs.
The items were all seized to undergo forensic examination and the python was seized by authorised wildlife handlers.
A 31-year-old man, a Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang member was arrested at the property and taken to Singleton Police Station where he was charged with 28 offences including:
- possess shortened firearm (x4),
- possess/use a prohibited weapon without permit (x4),
- acquire prohibited firearm subject to prohibition order (x5),
- possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority (x5),
- acquire ammunition subject to prohibition order (x5),
- not keep firearm safely - prohibited firearm,
- use prohibited weapon contrary to prohibition order (x2),
- possess unregistered firearm - prohibited firearm, and
- possess prescribed restricted substance.
The Nomads member was refused bail to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court today.
Hunter Valley Police District (HVPD) Superintendent Chad Gillies said they will work with Strike Force Raptor to continue trying to stamp out this illegal activity.
"The HVPD along with Strike Force Raptor North are committed to making sure that we target illegal and organised crime and specifically with a focus on retrieving and making sure people in our community don't have access to prohibited firearms."
Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.
Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
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