POLICE have charged a 23-year-old man with drug and firearms offences following a search in New Norfolk yesterday. The operation is alleged to have resulted in the seizure of four illegal firearms, two of which are confirmed as stolen, and a significant quantity of ammunition, as well as illicit drugs and cash.
Detective Acting Inspector Mathew Adams said the charges against the man included trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of stolen firearms, possession of firearms and ammunition without an appropriate licence, and cultivating a controlled plant for sale.
Acting Inspector Adams said police actively investigated information relating to illegal firearms and drugs. “We know that there are people out there in the community who have information about illegal firearms and illicit drugs,” he said. “Please come forward and give police this information – you can stay anonymous – and help us take these things off the street permanently.”
Acting Inspector Adams also issued a warning about police activity: “If you are involved in the distribution and sale of illicit drugs and firearms, police will target you to protect our community,” he said.
The man will appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court at a later date. Anyone with information about illicit drugs and stolen or illegal firearms is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestopperstas.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.