Charges laid after knife and pistol located during traffic stop, NSW

A man has been charged with traffic and weapons offences following a vehicle stop in Sydney’s west yesterday.

About 5.30pm (Wednesday 16 January 2019), the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor Highway Patrol stopped a Nissan Patrol on Hamilton Street, South Wentworthville, over a faulty rear brake light.

The driver and sole occupant, a 26-year-old man, was spoken to and was allegedly driving with an expired licence.

During a search of the vehicle, a loaded pistol and hunting knife were seized. The firearm will undergo ballistic testing.

The 26-year-old man was arrested and taken to Granville Police Station.

He was charged with licence expired less than two years before, fail to notify authority of change of residential address, possess unauthorised pistol, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit, and custody of knife in public place.

The man was refused bail and is due to appear before Fairfield Local Court today (Thursday 17 January 2019).

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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