TWO men will face court following a spate of searches across the state, including the Upper Hunter.
In June 2018, officers from Criminal Groups Squad's Strike Force Raptor began an investigation into the supply of prohibited drugs and firearms throughout NSW.
Following extensive inquiries, Strike Force Raptor executed five search warrants at homes at Bundanoon, Camden South, Dee Why, Mt Annan and Merriwa on Wednesday, July 3.
During the operation at the Bundanoon property, police seized nine firearms, ammunition, knives, a 5kg silver bar, MDMA, a mountain bike, and a surfboard.
The, during the search of the Mt Annan property, officers seized 18 firearms, six sets of knuckle dusters, two batons, 15kg of silver bullion bars, and $70,000 cash.
Items including documentation, electronic equipment, cash, prohibited drugs and prescription drugs were also seized.
A 33-year-old man was arrested at the property in Bundanoon and taken to Moss Vale Police Station, where he was charged with 23 offences including supply prohibited drug indictable quantity, possess unauthorised firearm, possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, and handle/use firearm under the influence of alcohol/drug.
The Dee Why man was refused bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court on Thursday, July 4.
A 65-year-old man was arrested at the Mt Annan home and taken to Narellan Police Station, where he was charged with 16 offences including give firearm to other if knows/believes under influence, give pistol to person not authorised by licence, handle/use firearm under the influence of alcohol/drug, and possess unauthorised pistol.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Picton Local Court on Tuesday, August 13.
Investigations are continuing.
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, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.