Accused in court on arms charges
A NEWCASTLE man has appeared before Coffs Harbour Local Court in relation to the discovery of a cache of weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition allegedly found in his car after it crashed.
On August 22, Nigel Foote, 34, rolled his rental car on the Pacific Hwy near the Big Banana and was admitted to Coffs Harbour Hospital for treatment as police salvaged his vehicle.
During the search, police allegedly located a machine gun and 2400 rounds of military-style ammunition sealed in timber crates damaged in the crash.
Police also allegedly discovered two military-style firearm frames, a small amount of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, a bayonet, arrow heads and three mobile phones with messages indicating the accused was involved in the supply of firearm parts.
Lake Macquarie detectives and the State Crime Command Squad meanwhile searched the accused's Whitebridge home, where 20 cannabis plants were allegedly found growing in a segregated room, as well as a second hydroponic system being constructed, a Taser, shell casings, primers, gun powder and a self-loading ammunition machine.
Mr Foote was arrested at Coffs Harbour Health Campus and charged with 22 firearm and drug-related offences.
The court was told Mr Foote was unlicensed to possess firearms or ammunition, with records showing the accused was refused an application for a licence in July, 2012.
Mr Foote's matters were adjourned to December 21.