Police lay charges after firearms and nearly $200,000 of jewellery seized – Strike Force Raptor

Strike Force Raptor have charged a man after firearms and nearly $200,000 worth of jewellery suspected of being stolen were seized from a home in Sydney’s south west.

As part of ongoing targeting of illicit activities of criminal networks, Strike Force Raptor executed a search warrant at a home in Carnation Avenue, Bankstown, about 9.30am on Thursday 8 November 2018.

During a search of the home, investigators located a loaded Beretta 9mm pistol, which had been reported lost, a stolen firearm, ammunition, prohibited drugs, and $197,000 worth of jewellery.

These items were seized to undergo forensic examination.

Following extensive inquiries, officers arrested a 19-year-old man outside a house in Bankstown about 4.30pm on Saturday (13 April 2019).

He was taken to Bankstown Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of possess prohibited drug, two counts of possess unauthorised pistol, two counts of possess unregistered pistol, two counts of not keep firearm safe, possess ammunition and goods in custody suspected of being stolen.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court yesterday (Sunday 14 April 2019), where he was granted conditional bail and is due to reappear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday (17 April 2019).

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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