***Note: An image of the seized items will be posted on the NSW Police Facebook site.**, NSW Police say*
Two men will face court after officers form the Traffic and Highway Patrol located a loaded gun, ammunition, drugs, a knife, and knuckle-dusters in a car following a vehicle-stop near Bathurst this morning.
About 8am (1 December 2016), officers from Chifley Highway Patrol, stopped a Ford Falcon on the Great Western Highway, Walang, 15km north of Bathurst.
Following investigations, officers searched the Falcon and found a loaded .22 calibre shortened firearm, ammunition, a hunting knife, and knuckle dusters.
The driver, a 22-year-old man, and passenger, a 21-year-old man, both from Cowra, were arrested.
Following a search of the passenger, officers found and seized an amount of drugs believed to be ‘ice’ and cannabis.
All items seized will undergo forensic examinations.
The two men were transported to Bathurst Police Station, where the passenger was charged with two counts of possess prohibited drug. He is due to appear at Bathurst Local Court on 5 December 2016.
The driver was charged with possess shortened firearm, possess unauthorised firearm, possess ammunition, prohibited weapon, possess prohibited drug, use/supply stolen firearm or firearm part, not keep firearm safely, and custody of a knife in a public place.
He was refused bail and is due to appear at Bathurst Local Court tomorrow.
Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy of the States Traffic and Highway Patrol Command said that the arrest is an example of the outstanding work that the Traffic and Highway Patrol officers do on a daily basis.
“”This is a prime example of the capability that our Traffic & Highway Patrol Command officers have on our roads.
“Whilst our focus will always be road safety, our officers enforce the law on and off our roads,” Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.