Police charge man after Strike Force Raptor seize firearm, weapons and drugs – Smithfield

A man will appear in court today charged after a firearm, prohibited weapons, and illicit drugs were seized at a home in Sydney’s west.

Investigators from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor, with assistance from the Public Order and Riot Squad, executed a search warrant at a home on The Horsley Drive, Smithfield, about 4.30pm yesterday (Wednesday 21 August 2019).

During the search, police located a shortened .22 calibre rifle, an air rifle, a bullet proof vest, a rifle scope, ammunition, a firearm magazine, and 10ml of GBL.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Fairfield Police Station.

He was charged with possess shortened firearm without authority, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit (x2), possess unauthorised firearm, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit, and possess prohibited drug.

The man was refused bail to appear at Fairfield Local Court today (Thursday 22 August 2019).

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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