Handgun, drugs and cash seized; man charged – North St Marys

A man will appear in court today charged after a handgun, prohibited drugs and cash were seized in Sydney’s west.

Earlier this month, detectives from Penrith Region Enforcement Squad (RES) established Strike Force Baiza to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in Sydney’s west.

Following inquiries, with assistance from Nepean’s Proactive Crime Team and North West Metropolitan Operation Support Group, a 35-year-old man was arrested at a home on Kurrajong Street, North St Marys, yesterday (Thursday 11 February 2021).

A crime scene warrant was executed, where investigators seized $37,000 cash, 610g of methylamphetamine, with an estimated potential street value of more than $451,000 and 10kg of cannabis leaf with an estimated potential street value of $287,500.

Police also seized a semi-automatic handgun, knuckle dusters with a built-in electronic stun device and an extendable baton.

The items will undergo forensic examination.

The man was taken to St Marys Police Station and charged with possess prohibited drugs, supply prohibited drug (large commercial quantity), supply cannabis, deal with property proceeds of crime, possess unauthorised firearm, not keep firearm safely-pistol, acquire pistol-subject to firearms prohibition order and two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.

An outstanding revocation of parole warrant was also executed on the man.

He was refused bail to appear before Penrith Local Court today (Friday 12 February 2021).

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