A teenage boy has been arrested and charged after he was allegedly caught playing the pokies at a Griffith pub with a loaded bolt action rifle stashed down his pants.
After receiving a tip off from the public, police attended the licensed premises shortly after 5pm on Friday and found the 19-year-old sitting at a poker machine in the gaming room.
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Officers searched the teen and allegedly located a loaded and shortened .22 calibre bolt action rifle secreted in his pants.
The firearm was seized without incident and the man was placed under arrest.
He was taken to Griffith Police Station, where he was charged with a number of firearm-related offences and drug possession, before being refused bail to appear before Griffith Local Court today.
Acting Inspector Brett Roden cited the case as a great example of what can be achieved when the community and Police work together to combat crime.
“The initial, valuable information supplied to police led to the removal of an illegal firearm from the community,” Acting Inspector Roden said.
Anyone who has information regarding illegal firearms or other crime should contact Griffith Police on (02) 6969 4299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.