Strike Force Raptor charge man after pistol, cash and prohibited drugs seized during targeted FPO search

Strike Force Raptor investigators have charged a man after seizing a pistol, prohibited drugs and nearly $30,000 cash, as part of a major disruption operation targeting criminal networks in Sydney’s south-west.

Just before 7am today (Tuesday 27 October 2020), officers from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor, conducted a Firearms Prohibition Order (FPO) and Weapons Prohibition Order (WPO) search at a home at Market Street, Condell Park.

During the search, officers located a Glock pistol under a lounge cushion.

Officers also seized $29,150 cash, nearly 150g of cocaine, 40g of methylamphetamine (ice), cannabis and prescription medication.

All items were seized and will be sent for further examination.

A 25-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Bankstown Police Station.

He was charged with possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, possess unregistered firearm (pistol), not keep firearm safely (prohibited firearm), knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, two counts of supply prohibited drug (indictable quantity), possess prohibited drug, possess/attempt to prescribed restricted substance and use, supply, acquire or possess defaced firearm.

The man was refused bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court tomorrow (Wednesday 28 October 2020).

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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