Police lay charges after shotgun, poker machines and prohibited drugs seized in Sydney’s west

Detectives have charged a man after seizing a shotgun, three poker machines and prohibited drugs following an investigation into the alleged possession of illegal firearms.

In June this year, detectives from NSW Police Force and Australian Federal Police (AFP), as part of the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS), commenced an investigation into the possession, importation and supply of prohibited firearms.

Following extensive inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at a home at Cranebrook about 6am on Wednesday 8 July 2020.

Detectives were also assisted throughout the operation by officers from the North West Metropolitan Region Operations Support Group (OSG), the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS) and AFP investigators.

During the search, investigators seized a shortened double barrel shotgun, a replica pistol, three electronic poker machines and a motorcycle.

Steroids and an amount of MDMA were also located and seized by police.

All items will be subject to further forensic examination.

A 26-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Penrith Police Station where he was charged with possess unregistered firearm (prohibited firearm), not keep firearm safely (prohibited firearm), possess prohibited drug and possess unauthorised firearm.

The man was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Penrith Local Court today (Thursday 30 July 2020).

Investigations are continuing.

The National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) was established in 2014 as a multi-agency law enforcement taskforce targeting organised criminal syndicates involving members of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG).

Anyone with information that may assist NAGS investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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