Police have charged two men with drug and firearm offences following a search of a vehicle at Giru yesterday, Queensland Police say.
At about 2:30pm officers from Giru located a vehicle parked at the Houghton River Bridge on the Bruce Highway occupied by two men.
Police will allege during a search of the vehicle officers uncovered a .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle fitted with a silencing device, which was wrapped in a protective covering and hidden under the vehicle’s bonnet.
It will be further alleged a large sum of Australian currency, approximately 100 rounds of ammunition, a number of jewellery items, and a significant quantity of a crystalline substance believed to be Methlyamphetamine was also located in the vehicle.
The two men were arrested and transported to the Townsville Watchhouse where they were formally charged.
A 43-year-old man from the Cairns suburb of Westcourt has been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and one count each of stealing, possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of an offence, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing tainted property, possessing utensils or pipes, contravention of a domestic violence order and unauthorised possession of explosives (ammunition).
He has been remanded in custody to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on February 27.
A 44-year-old man from Manunda in Cairns has been charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and one count each of unauthorised possession of explosives (ammunition), possessing tainted property, possessing dangerous drugs, and possessing utensils or pipes.
He has been released on bail to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on February 27.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.