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Man charged after firearms seized during vehicle stop in Aberdeen


A 37-year-old man has been charged after two firearms were seized during a vehicle stop in the Upper Hunter.

About 6.20pm on Monday 10 June, officers attached to the Hunter Valley Traffic and Highway Patrol Command stopped a ute on Macqueen Street, Aberdeen, for the purposes of random testing.

The driver was subjected to a roadside breath test, which returned a negative result.

However, a roadside drug test, told a different story.

He returned a positive reading.

Police also subsequently searched the vehicle and seized two rifles, one of which was allegedly loaded, ammunition and a substance, believed to be methylamphetamine.

The man was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station for the purposes of a secondary drug test.

There, he returned a positive reading to methylamphetamine.

He was then charged with 14 offences, including three counts of not keep firearm safely- not pistol/ prohibited firearm; two counts of possess unregistered firearm – not pistol prohibited firearm; two counts of unauthorised person fail to surrender firearm; two counts of possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/ authority; two counts of acquire unregistered firearm – not pistol/prohibited firearm; one count of possess loaded firearm public place; one count of possess firearm not stamped/engraved with allotted number; and one count of possess unauthorised firearm.

The man was granted conditional bail to appear before Muswellbrook Local Court on Tuesday 2 July.

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