A man and woman have been charged following a police operation in Albury.
About 7pm (Saturday 3 August 2019), officers from Murray River Police District attended Jason Circuit in Lavington, to speak to a man as a part of inquiries into drug supply matters.
Upon arrival police found a 40-year-old man, in a shed on the property, threatening police. He was accompanied by a 48-year-old woman.
A perimeter was established and specialist operatives from the Tactical Operations Regional Support and negotiators attended.
The man remained inside the shed for a number of hours, while specialist police attempted to speak with him.
About 11.40pm, the woman left the shed without incident. She was escorted to a waiting ambulance and taken to hospital as a precaution.
Due to concerns for his welfare, officers entered the shed and found the man was armed with a machete.
The 40-year-old man was arrested and conveyed by ambulance with a police escort to Albury Wodonga Base Hospital. He did not sustain any injuries but was treated for suspected drug use.
After searching the premises, police located a replica M4 Carbine .233 semi automatic rifle and assorted ammunition.
About 10.30am (Sunday 4 August 2019), the 40-year-old man and 48-year-old woman were released from hospital and taken to Albury Police Station.
The 40-year-old man was arrested and charged with take part supply prohibited drug (x 4), use offensive weapon in company to prevent detention (x2), possess ammunition without holding a licence, possess prohibited drug, and possess unauthorised firearm.
He was refused bail to appear at Albury Local Court today (Monday 5 August 2019).
The 48-year-old woman was arrested charged with use offensive weapon in company to prevent detention.
She was granted conditional bail to appear at Albury Local Court today (Monday 5 August 2019).