Semi-automatic guns, ammo, drugs seized in Raptor raid

TWO semi-automatic guns, ammunition and a mix of dangerous drugs including cocaine has been seized in a raid on a home in Sydney’s southwest.

Strike Force Raptor stormed the Carnation Avenue home in Bankstown just before 9.30am on Thursday.

The action formed part of ongoing proactive operations targeting members and associates of criminal networks.


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During the search, police seized two semi-automatic pistols, a loaded Beretta 9mm and a Raven Arms .25.

Officers also uncovered ammunition, cannabis, cocaine, steroids, and other items.

Police said the none of the occupants of the home – a 40-year-old woman, an 18-year-old man and a teenage boy – held a firearms licence.

They were all interviewed by detectives but were released without charge, pending further investigation.

Police said initial inquiries revealed the Beretta had been reported as lost by its registered owner while the Raven Arms had been reported stolen.

Both firearms will undergo forensic and ballistic examination to determine if they have been used in connection with any recent crimes.

No charges have yet been laid and investigations into the discovery 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 Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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