Man faces court on drug and firearms charges – Strike Force Raptor

A man will face court today charged after a vehicle stop in Sydney’s west led to the discovery multiple firearms, ammunition and a prohibited drug.

About 7.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 5 August 2020), officers attached to the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor stopped a Kia Cerato on Carlisle Avenue, Mt Druitt.

Following inquiries, police conducted a search of the vehicle and located a.357 magnum handgun, a lever action rifle, ammunition, a folding knife and a prescription drug. The items were seized and will undergo forensic examinations.

The driver, a 29-year-old man, was arrested and taken to Mt Druitt Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of possess unauthorised firearm, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, custody of knife in public place and possess prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court today (Thursday 6 August 2020).

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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