Loaded firearms and drugs seized, two charged – Port Stephens-Hunter PD

Two people will appear in court today charged after prohibited firearms and drugs were seized during a vehicle stop in the state’s Hunter region.

About 2.15am yesterday (Thursday 5 March 2020), officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District stopped a holden viva sedan, believed to be unregistered, while patrolling on Louth Park Road, Louth Park.

After speaking with the driver, a 30-year-old man, officers conducted a search of the vehice.

During the search, officers located two pistols, a loaded rifle, a loaded shotgun, methylamphetamine, cannabis and prescription medication. These items were seized to undergo forensic examination.

The driver and a passenger, a 23-year-old woman, were both arrested at the scene and taken to Maitland Police Station.

The man was charged with possess unauthorised firearm, two counts of possess shortened firearm, possess three unregistered firearms, supply prohibited drug, possess ammunition without licence or permit, drive whilst suspended, drive unregistered and possess prescribed restricted substance.

The woman was charged with possess unauthorised pistol and possess ammunition without licence or permit.

Both were refused bail to appear in Maitland Local Court today (Friday 6 March 2020).

Inquiries are continuing.

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