Drug and Firearms Squad detectives charge man as part of firearm supply investigation at Byron Bay

Drug and Firearms Squad detectives have charged a man as part of an investigation into the supply of illegal firearms.

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 inquiries, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad, with assistance from the Tactical Operations Unit, arrested a 44-year-old man at a carpark on Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay, just before 10am today (Thursday 16 July 2020).

In a subsequent search of the man and his vehicle, detectives seized two pistols, ammunition and $2900 cash.

A short time later, investigators executed a search warrant at a home at Kingscliff, where they seized electronic storage devices and computers.

The Kingscliff man was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with two counts of acquire firearm without permit to acquire (pistol).

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow (Friday 17 July 2020).

Anyone with information about the supply of illegal 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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