Det Snr Sgt Peter O'Reilly speaks to media outside Coffs Harbour Police Station in regards the arrest made on Tuesday.
Det Snr Sgt Peter O'Reilly speaks to media outside Coffs Harbour Police Station in regards the arrest made on Tuesday. Rob Wright/The Coffs Coast Advoc

Arrest for firearms and cannabis

A SAWTELL man did not apply for bail at a hearing at Coffs Harbour court house this morning after being charged with a number of offences including commercial cultivation of cannabis and aggravated possession of firearms and goods in custody.

Chad Carraige, 33, had his case adjourned until September 25 for a reply to the brief.

Yesterday he was charged after police raided properties in Sawtell and Toormina where they seized a large amount of drugs and a cache of firearms.

About 7am on Tuesday, police from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command executed a search warrant at a house on Boambee Street, Sawtell.

Officers located 400 cannabis plants and hundreds of cannabis cuttings in the shed and rear yard of the property. Police also seized a handgun and a number of vials of anabolic steroids.

A further search warrant was conducted at a storage facility in High-Tech Dve, Toormina where police located 10 firearms including two shortened shotguns.

Detective Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly told media this morning such a result was a good one for police.

"It's great when we get one firearm let alone 10," Det Snr Sgt O'Reilly said.

Police will allege two of the firearms were stolen during the break in of a firearms dealer at Kempsey in February 2011.

Other charges laid against Mr Carraige include unauthorised possession of a pistol, possess ammunition and possess anabolic steroids.


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