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Helensburgh man arrested and charged with gun and drug offences

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A MAN will appear in court today after police seized a rifle, ammunition, steroids and cannabis plants from a Helensburgh home.

The 27-year-old Helensburgh man was stopped on Longview Crescent, Stanwell Tops yesterday (Wednesday) about 12.30pm before being arrested by Officers from Strike Force Raptor. A search of the vehicle allegedly found an amount of ammunition and steroids.

A short time later, Strike Force Raptor investigators, with assistance from the Public Order and Riot Squad, searched a home in Helensburgh where they seized a .177 calibre rifle, ammunition and 47 cannabis plants.

The man was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with supply firearm to person unauthorised to possess it, possess prohibited drug, possess unauthorised firearm, cultivate prohibited plant, and possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority.

Police will allege in court that the man was involved in the supply of a rifle to another man in March 2019. The Helensburgh man was refused bail and will appear at Wollongong Local Court today (Thursday February 27).

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Raptor can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.




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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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