Man charged over the alleged manufacture of firearms parts - Strike Force Raptor

Friday, 31 March 2017 12:54:35 PM

A man has been charged and his firearms licence suspended after allegedly illegally manufacturing firearms parts on the Central Coast.

In November 2015, the Gangs Squad’s Strike Force Raptor commenced an investigation into the activities of the Burwood Chapter of the Rebels OMCG and their associates.

As part of their ongoing inquiries, investigators identified the suspected illegal manufacture of firearm parts, and conducted further investigations.

About 6.20am yesterday (Thursday 30 March 2017), officers from Strike Force Raptor executed a search warrant at a home in Wyong.

Police located a workshop and firearm safes, which were determined to breach safe storage legislation.

The 46-year-old male resident’s firearms licence was suspended and his registered firearms were seized.

Following further searches on the property, police located and seized three unregistered firearms, 3kg of cannabis, OC spray, a sling shot, and fireworks.

In addition, police will allege the man was in the process of manufacturing a firearm part.

The man was arrested and taken to Wyong Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of possess unregistered firearm (not prohibited), two counts of not keep firearm safely (not prohibited), possess unregistered firearm, two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, not keep firearm safely, use unauthorised prohibited firearm, and drug supply.

He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Wyong Local Court on Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Investigations are continuing.

Strike Force Raptor was established by State Crime Command’s Gangs Squad in 2009. It is a proactive and high-impact operation targeting outlaw motorcycle gangs and any associated criminal enterprises.

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