Police execute a search warrant on a West Coffs property after a dramatic vehicle stop in Coffs Harbour's CBD. Photo: Frank Redward
Police execute a search warrant on a West Coffs property after a dramatic vehicle stop in Coffs Harbour's CBD. Photo: Frank Redward Frank Redward

Guns drawn in “high risk” investigation

A HIGH-DRAMA traffic stop where a man was removed from his car at gunpoint on a busy Coffs Harbour St on Wednesday is yet to lead to an arrest while police continue investigations.

Police stopped a black BMW SUV in Moonee St before drawing their weapons and ordering the man out of the car while staff in the nearby police station arriving to back up the officers.

Bystanders were astounded to see the tense scene unfold in front of them.

Following a vehicle search, police went to the man's West Coffs home and conducted a search which found suspected stolen goods, a prohibited weapon and powders suspected of being illicit drugs.

Coffs/Clarence LAC Crime Manager Darren Jameson said the man had not been arrested and investigations continue.

"It was a significant traffic stop, a high risk traffic stop," Insp Jameson said.

"I can confirm the male involved in the traffic stop was the resident of that premise.

"Our investigations are ongoing and we will be speaking to the male involved in both incidents at a later stage."

He said the search was not related to any particular strikeforce but was part of the Command-wide investigation of criminal acts.

"The message is once again very clear that police and investigators here in Coffs/Clarence remain focused on the investigation of drug and property theft matters in the command and all endeavours will be made to bring persons committing those offences before the courts," Insp Jameson said.

"We'll continue to use all available methods to us to achieve those ends."



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