Two charged, several infringements issued in illegal hunting operation, NSW

Two people have been charged during an operation targeting illegal hunting in the state’s north west over the past two weekends, NSW Police say.

Police from the Rural Crime Prevention Investigation Team, with assistance from PolAir, general duties officers attached to the Western Region, and Target Action Group officers conducted Operation Snare during the weekends of 21 and 22 September and 28 and 29 September 2018, in the New England, Oxley and Central North Police Districts.

Officers particularly targeted the areas of Barraba, Manilla, Pilliga, Warialda, Bingara, Yetman, Burren Junction and Carinda.

During the operation police stopped and searched numerous vehicles which were involved in hunting.

Officers issued nine infringement notices as well as numerous warnings for traffic, hunting and dog registration offences.

About 2.15am yesterday (Saturday 29 September 2018), officers stopped a vehicle in Dangar Street, Pilliga.

The driver, a 25-year-old man, was spoken to and the vehicle was searched. Officers allegedly located a machined silencer for a large calibre rifle, ammunition, tins of gunpowder, primers, and an expired registration plate for a quad bike.

He was issued an infringement for unlawfully possess number plate and issued a field court attendance notice for the offences of possess prohibited weapon, and holder of category AB licence not have approved storage.

A court date has not yet been set.

About 8.35pm yesterday (Saturday 29 September 2018), New England Rural Crime investigators were patrolling Allan Cunningham Way, Gineroi, when they stopped a car being driven by a 30-year-old woman.

Officers had cause to search the vehicle, subsequently locating a stolen council road sign, as well as a quantity of the drug ‘ice’.

The woman was charged with supply prohibited drug between small and indictable quantity, and goods in custody.

She was bail refused to appear at Moree Local Court on Tuesday (2 October 2018).

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