A man will face court today after more than 4kg of cannabis, a firearm, and ammunition were seized in the state’s west yesterday.
Just after 8.30am (Thursday 23 May 2019), officers attached to Barrier Police District were called to a property on Chapple Street, Broken Hill, after receiving reports of drug cultivation and supply occurring at the property.
Police entered the property after speaking with a 54-year-old man, where they discovered a clandestine laboratory – with no plants growing – in a rear shed.
The 54-year-old Broken Hill man was arrested and a crime scene was established at the property, before officers attached to Broken Hill Criminal Investigation attended.
During a search of the property, police located and seized more than 4kg of cannabis in plastic resealable bags, a modified KS 7.62 semi-automatic rifle, three ‘banana’ magazines, and 20 live rounds of 7.62 calibre ammunition.
The man was taken to Broken Hill Police Station where he was charged with supply cannabis (indictable quantity), and six firearm offences relating to possessing an unregistered and prohibited firearm and ammunition, and not keeping the firearm safely.
He was refused bail to appear at Broken Hill Local Court today (Friday 24 May 2019).
Anyone with information about drug supply or clandestine laboratories is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.