Detectives from Task Force Maxima have charged a 24-year-old man, an alleged known associate of Gold Coast Nomads OMCG, with numerous offences following the interception of a vehicle at Carrara yesterday, Queensland Police say.
Police will allege around 8.20am a vehicle was intercepted on Paddington Drive and that during an initial search of the vehicle at the scene a quantity of ammunition and steroids were located.
The vehicle was then seized and taken to a police holding facility where it will be alleged that during a further examination of the car a handgun was found concealed in a door panel. Further examination of the car also located two shotguns, a stolen rifle and a knife as well as a large quantity of drugs, including 4.5 kg of a white powdery substance secreted in pillow cases.
A 24-year-old Burleigh Waters man has been charged with five counts of unlawful possession of weapons and one count each of burglary, unlawful possession of a magazine for weapons, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing a restricted drug, receiving tainted property, possessing tainted property, possessing relevant substance or things and carry/place dangerous goods in a vehicle and fail to obtain authority required to possess explosive.
He is due to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court today.
“Yesterday’s arrest is a fantastic result for the Queensland community, four more firearms and a large stash of drugs have been removed from streets and will no longer pose a threat to public safety.” Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens said.
Detective Supt Niland said “One of these firearms was allegedly stolen during a burglary at Gatton last November. Obviously, firearm thefts are a concern for Police and the community as we know some of these firearms are ending up in the hands of organised crime and used for criminal purposes.”
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.