Duo face string of charges after Banora Point raid
UPDATE: Monday November 24, 11.30am
TWO people have been charged after guns, a homemade stun device and prohibited drugs were allegedly seized from their car during a dramatic arrest at Banora Point.
Laura St residents were shocked when the man and woman were arrested at gunpoint by multiple police after the pair's car was stopped and they were ordered out shortly after midday on Thursday.
The 31-year-old male driver, Joshua Waters, and his 20-year-old passenger were taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.
A subsequent search of a Laura St home resulted in officers seizing another firearm, police said.
Waters was charged with two counts of possessing an unauthorised pistol, possessing an unregistered firearm and possessing an unregistered unauthorised pistol.
For "unrelated" matters he was also charged with common assault, stalking/intimidation, threatening injury to a person with intent to prevent investigation, and carrying a firearm in a manner likely to injure a person.
He faced Byron Bay Local Court on Friday, where he pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The matter has been adjourned to Tweed Heads Local Court on December 15.
His passenger was charged with possessing a prohibited weapon without a permit and two counts of possessing a prohibited drug.
She was granted conditional bail to also appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on December 15.
Residents were shocked when Tweed Byron LAC Police apprehended a man and a woman in Banora Point on Laura St today.
Residents said a highway patrol car parked on the street about half an hour prior to the police pulling over a white Ford Falcon XT sedan with Queensland plates.
"They obviously knew the car was expected to come down the hill before the police stopped the vehicle," Fiona Barnett said.
"Like something out of Gold Coast cops, all these marked and unmarked police cars swarmed around the vehicle."
A woman who appeared to be in her 20s and was the passenger of the vehicle complied with officer requests to alight the vehicle. She was hand cuffed as she exited the car.
At the same time, police were heard screaming out to the male driver of the vehicle: "Down on the ground, get down on the ground, get on your knees, put your hands up," as several officers pointed their guns at the man.
Once the man was apprehended police blockaded the street as they carried out detailed forensic searches on the vehicle, the woman and the man.
Witnesses allege they saw officers take out more than one firearm out of the Ford Falcon during the search.
More details to come.
INITIAL REPORT 12.20pm:
TWEED Byron LAC Police have conducted a search of a vehicle in east Banora today at about midday.
Five Police cars attended the scene on the corner of Anderson and Laura St.
A man and a woman were hand cuffed and taken into custody.
More details to come.