Gun, ammunition and drugs seized during vehicle stop near Cooma

A man has been charged with firearm and drug-related offences following a vehicle stop in the state’s Alpine region yesterday.

About 2.30pm (Friday 10 April 2020), officers from Monaro Highway Patrol stopped a Mitsubishi Triton on Kosciuszko Road, Coolringdon, about 12km west of Cooma, after it was allegedly detected speeding.

Upon speaking with the 28-year-old male driver from Gilmore ACT, police noticed camouflage and hunting related clothing in the vehicle, as well as a compound bow.

After checks on the man revealed he was wanted on an outstanding warrant in NSW, he was arrested at the scene.

Investigators from the Rural Crime Prevention Team attached to Operation Harrier, attended and searched the vehicle. They located a loaded CMC Howa 1500 22-250 calibre rifle, ammunition and 3.3 grams of a substance, believe to be methylamphetamine.

Operation Harrier was established to target illegal hunting and trespassing throughout regional NSW.

The man was taken to Cooma Police Station where he was charged with possess loaded firearm in a public place, possess unauthorised firearm, not keep firearm safely, possess unauthorised ammunition and possess prohibited drug. He was also served with an outstanding warrant for break and enter offences.

He was refused bail to appear before Wollongong Local Court today via AVL (Saturday 11 April 2020).

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