A MAN has been charged with a range of firearm offences following a major police operation in Ballina on the NSW Far North Coast.
The 24-year-old was arrested at a servo in West Ballina just before midday yesterday following an extensive investigation by the Counter-Terrorism and Special Tactics Command, which was looking into the acquisition of firearms across NSW.
During a search of a vehicle, police allegedly found $7000 in cash and a mobile phone. Ammunition was also found inside a jacket in the vehicle and in a bag in the boot of the car.
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All items, including the vehicle, were seized for further forensic examination.
Officers then searched a home at East Ballina later in the afternoon, seizing two pairs of knuckle dusters, three mobile phones, an electronic storage device, and cannabis.
The man was taken to Ballina Police Station, where he was charged with acquire firearm without licence or permit (pistol), deal with property proceeds of crime, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, and two counts of possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit.
He was refused bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court today.