Police charge man with drug and firearm possession at Coffs Harbour

A man has been charged after he was allegedly found in possession of an unauthorised pistol and drugs when police attended his Casino accommodation yesterday.

Officers from the Coffs Harbour High Risk Offender Team attended the Casino area to assist officers from Richmond Police District with a domestic violence compliance check.

As officers approached a premise on Johnston Street, a man armed with what appeared to be a silver pistol came running out of the home and headed down the street.

Officers gave chase and saw the man throw the weapon under a parked vehicle before surrendering to police.

The weapon was seized, and further inspection revealed a home-made imitation pistol with a moving trigger and hammer.

During a search, the man was allegedly found in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine, prescription medication, and drug paraphernalia.

The 22-year-old man was arrested and taken to Casino Police Station where he was charged with possess unauthorised pistol, two counts of possess prohibited drug and possess prescribed restricted substance.

He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today (Friday 10 April 2020).

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