AN UPPER Hunter police raid has led to the seizure of a haul of weapons, a diamond python and charges for a member of the Nomads bikie gang.
As part of ongoing targeting of the illicit activities of bikie gangs, Strike Force Raptor North conducted a search warrant at a home in Wollemi Peak Road, Bulga on Thursday.
Investigators seized a firearm silencer, three loaded rifles, two shortened shotguns, a loaded large capacity .22 magazine, a laser pointer, ammunition, mobile phones, a motorcycle suspected to have been stolen, a diamond python and prohibited drugs.
These items were seized to undergo forensic examination. The snake was seized by authorised wildlife handlers.
A 31-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Singleton Police Station where he was charged with 28 offences, including four counts of possess shortened firearm, four counts of possess/use a prohibited weapon without permit and five counts of acquire prohibited firearm subject to prohibition order.
He was also charged with five counts of possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, five counts of acquire ammunition subject to prohibition order, not keep firearm safely - prohibited firearm, two counts of use prohibited weapon contrary to prohibition order, possess unregistered firearm - prohibited firearm, and possess prescribed restricted substance.
The man, who is a member of the Nomads, was refused bail to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on Friday.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos, that may assist Strike Force Raptor 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 call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Information provided to investigators will be treated in strict confidence.
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