Police charge man over possession of pistol seized by Strike Force Raptor

A man will appear in court today charged over the possession of a firearm after it was seized in Sydney’s west earlier this year.

In 2018, detectives from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor commenced an investigation into the illicit activities of a group operating across Sydney.

As part of their inquiries, Strike Force Raptor executed a crime scene warrant at a home on Clarence Drive, Elizabeth Hills, on Tuesday 9 July 2019.

During the search, police located a Glock pistol, a Beretta pistol, a Desert Eagle pistol, a Smith & Wesson revolver, ammunition, more than 650g of methylamphetamine, 580g of cocaine, 740g of heroin, and $347,000 cash.

A 29-year-old man was charged by detectives at the time. He remains before the courts.

The firearms have been forensically examined and will also undergo ballistic examination.

Following further inquiries, detectives arrested a 30-year-old man at Newcastle Police Station about 9.30am today (Tuesday 5 November 2019).

He was charged with possess unauthorised prohibited firearm and possess unregistered firearm- pistol.

Police will allege in court that the man possessed a Beretta pistol seized at the Elizabeth Hills home in July.

The man was remanded in custody to appear at Newcastle Local Court today.

Investigations are continuing.

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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