Firearm and drugs found in raid
A MAN arrested and charged by Coffs Harbour police after raids on a home and body building business in Park Beach on Thursday has been refused bail after his first court appearance.
Nathan James Ryan, 34, who police allege is linked to the Lone Wolf outlaw motorcycle gang, is facing seven charges.
It's alleged police seized steroids, amphetamines, an amount of cash, ammunition and a .367 calibre revolver from his home.
Documentation and a computer hard drive were also confiscated as evidence.
In a brief court appearance, Ryan was refused bail to reappear in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday.
Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said Ryan has also been questioned over an armed hold-up where a security guard was robbed of takings from the Park Beach McDonalds in January last year, and a violent home invasion that happened in Cook Dr in September.
"The search warrants are part of the ongoing investigations by Coffs Harbour police in relation to those violent offences and also illegal drug activity, namely the supply of steroids in Coffs Harbour," Mr Lindsay said.
"Investigations are ongoing and we believe there were other people, who were involved.
"This arrest and the subsequent search warrants are significant steps forward in these investigations.
Mr Lindsay said the firearm would undergo ballistic testing to determine whether it had been used in other crime.
Police executed the first search warrant at a Prince St apartment at 7.30am where Ryan was taken into custody.
The firearm, drugs and cash were seized before officers turned their attention to the Body Building Supplements store in the Park Beach Northside Shopping Centre.
Two balaclavas were also collected as evidence.
The Park Beach McDonalds hold-up happened on January 10 last year.
A security guard was threatened by armed bandits with a small wooden bat in the car park of the fast food outlet after he collected cash around 10am.
The gang wearing balaclavas made away from the scene in a Holden Commodore station wagon.
The violent home invasion, which is also under investigation, happened on Father's Day, Sunday, September 4 about 11pm.
Masked men set upon a family after accessing an unlocked front door to their residence.
A 41-year-old man was repeatedly hit to the head with a blunt object and left in hospital with life threatening injuries.
Police said his girlfriend was dragged out of bed and attacked and his son was chased down and attacked from behind.
The son was knocked unconscious after he was struck repeatedly to the head with a weapon.
Witnesses say the intruders fled the scene in a sedan while looked similar to an older model Ford or Commodore.
All three victims were hospitalised and the 41-year-old was airlifted to Newcastle with skull fractures and cranial bleeding.
His son received 26 stitches for two large wounds and the female was treated for bruising.
Ryan is charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, not keeping a firearm safely, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of an unauthorised firearm, supply a prohibted drug, deal with the proceeds of crime and possession of anabolic steriods.