A MAN has been arrested and charged following the discovery of a frightening large-scale weapons factory on the Gold Coast, capable of producing fully automatic machine guns.
The factory was uncovered during a major police operation codenamed Oscar Quantum late last year.
Officers from the Drug and Serious Crimes Group, Gold Coast Police and the Australian Border Force stumbled across the factory during a raid on a business at Nerang.
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The factory contained drill presses, lathes and other equipment used to produce fully automatic machine guns.
During a search of the premises, police allegedly found four homemade machine guns, three silencers, computer equipment, ammunition, magazines, a taser, drugs and other gun parts.
Today, and as a result of ongoing investigations, a 36-year-old man was charged with two counts of unlawfully possessing category R weapons and two counts of manufacturing weapons whilst not licensed.
He will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on June 27.