A man has appeared in a Sydney court charged over firearms and weapons offences following an ongoing joint NSW Police Force investigation that included a raid on a Hill End property.
Detectives from the State Crime Command's Organised Crime Squad and Western Region established Strike Force Mactier to investigate criminal networks in the state's Central West.
As part of their joint inquiries, investigators attached to the strike force with assistance from the Rural Crime Prevention Team, executed a search warrant at a property on Warrys Road at Hill End.
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During the search, police say they seized four handguns, a tablet press, firearm scopes, and ammunition, two stolen vehicles and a small amount of MDMA.
Strike force investigators also seized large machinery and earth moving equipment, believed to be stolen or the proceeds of crime, with an estimated value of more than $500,000.
The man was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with 14 offences, including:
- Possess unauthorised pistol (x4),
- Not keep firearm safely-pistol (x4),
- Possess ammunition without holding licence/permit,
- Possess tablet press or drug encapsulator,
- Possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit (x3),
- Possess more than three unregistered firearms.
The Villawood man was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court.
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