Firearm and drugs seized; man and woman charged at Leeton

A man and a woman have been charged after a firearm and drugs were seized during a vehicle stop in the state’s Riverina.

About 9.30pm (25 January 2022), officers from Narrandera Highway Patrol were conducting mobile traffic enforcement duties when they stopped a black utility on Palm Avenue, Leeton.

Checks revealed the vehicle’s registration was cancelled and the 35-year-old male’s drivers licence disqualified.

Police will allege a black semi-automatic pistol was found when the ute was searched, while drugs – alleged to be ICE – were found when a 32-year-old female passenger was searched.

The items were seized and will undergo forensic examination.

The man was taken to Narrandera Police Station and charged with possess unregistered firearm, not keep firearm safely-pistol, drive vehicle during disqualification, use unregistered vehicle, and use uninsured vehicle.

He was refused bail to appear before Wagga Wagga Local Court (Wednesday 26 January 2022), where he was formally refused bail, and will reappear before Leeton Local court on Tuesday 15 February 2022.

The woman was released after being given a field court attendance notice for drug possession. A court date is yet to be determined.

Anyone with information about or dashcam footage of this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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