Drug and Firearms Squad detectives charge man after 3D printer and firearm seized

Drug and Firearms Squad detectives have charged a man after seizing a 3D printer, as well as a firearm comprised of 3D-printed and imported parts, at a home in Sydney’s Inner West yesterday.

In November 2018, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Myosoti to investigate the movement of firearms between states and territories.

As part of ongoing investigations, police received information about the importation of firearm parts from the United States of America through registered post.

Following extensive inquiries, officers arrested a 32-year-old man at a home at Newtown, just before 6.30am yesterday (Tuesday 22 September 2020).

Shortly after the arrest, Drug and Firearms Squad detectives, with assistance from the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), executed a search warrant at the home.

During the search, investigators seized a 3D printer and a semi-automatic pistol comprised of 3D-printed and imported parts.

Officers also located additional 3D-printed firearm parts, ammunition, electronic devices and an amount of cannabis.

All items were seized for further forensic examination.

The man was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with manufacture pistol without licence/permit, possess unregistered firearm (pistol), not keep firearm safely (pistol) and possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority.

He was refused bail to appear at Newtown Local Court today (Wednesday 23 September 2020).

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information about the manufacture and supply of prohibited firearms is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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