Two more firearm arrests after police target locals



POLICE have continued to make ground in breaking a major local firearms ring, making a further two arrests and seizing six more weapons.

As reported in yesterday's Coffs Coast Advocate, three unregistered rifles and ammunition were seized at a Hernani property during raids in the Coffs Harbour area in the early hours of Tuesday.

More weapons were found at the property that night, with police divers retrieving six illegal firearms from a waterhole.

Among the weapons recovered were an AR15 military assault rifle converted to an M16 machine gun, a .45 calibre pistol and other high-powered firearms, parts and ammunition.

No-one has been charged over these latest seizures but investigations continue.

A further three handguns have been intercepted by officers during the course of the seven-month investigation by Strike Force Soult.

Yesterday, a Sawtell man, 27, appeared in Coffs Harbour Local Court charged with several firearms offences including unlawfully offering a M16 machine gun for sale.

He was refused bail to reappear in court next Wednesday for another bail application.

An Ebor man, 28, has been bailed to appear at Armidale Local Court on February 7 on several firearms and drugs charges including three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

A Coffs Harbour man, 41, was also granted bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on February 7 on charges of prohibited weapon possession, unauthorised possession of ammunition and goods in custody.

Firearms Squad commander, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec, continued to urge anyone with information about illegal firearms or related crime to contact Operation Vulcan on 1800 659 675.



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