DRAMATIC footage has emerged after heavily armed police swooped on a service station in Sydney’s southwest seizing a loaded shotgun and a replica handgun as part of an ongoing investigation into the illicit activities of organised groups in NSW.
Witnesses described seeing a number of unmarked police cars on the M2, M4 and M7 motorways travelling at high speeds before descending on the Caltex service station at Smeaton Grange.
Acting on information, police backed by a heavily armoured Bearcat vehicle surrounded a white Audi at the Narellan Rd servo, arresting a man and searching the vehicle at 6.30pm.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad, assisted by the Tactical Operations Unit and Camden Police Area Command, arrested two men — aged 26 and 35.
During a subsequent search of the younger man’s vehicle, police located a loaded double-barrel shotgun and ammunition, a knife, knuckle dusters, and cocaine.
Officers also located knuckle dusters in the older man’s vehicle. Both men were taken to Narellan Police Station.
A short time later, strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a home at Spring Farm, where they located and seized a replica pistol, throwing knives, steroids, white powder, prescription drugs, cannabis, and cash.
Officers arrested a 32-year-old woman at the home, who was also taken to Narellan Police Station.
The 26-year-old Spring Farm man was charged with armed with intent commit indictable offence, possess unauthorised pistol, possess unregistered firearm-pistol, not keep firearm safely-pistol, possess loaded firearm public place, possess unregistered firearm-not prohibited, not keep firearm safely-not prohibited firearm, possess unauthorised firearm, possess ammunition, possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit, two counts of possess prohibited drug, and supply prohibited drug.
Two men were arrested and are being questioned by police. He was refused bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court today.
The 35-year-old Narellan Vale man was charged with possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Picton Local Court on Tuesday 24 April.
The woman was charged with possess unauthorised pistol, possess unregistered firearm-pistol, and possess prohibited drug.She was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Picton Local Court on Tuesday 24 April.
Witnesses said they saw police travelling quickly along the M7 motorway prior to the dramatic arrest.
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