Police crack down on drugs in Cobar

Cobar Police have located illicit drugs and firearms in a number of searches carried out over the past week, including a modified, loaded .243 calibre rifle (pictured inset).
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Cobar Police have been kept busy with a number of search warrants executed in recent weeks, uncovering illegal firearms and drugs.

Among the more serious items discovered was a loaded, modified firearm located when police conducted a vehicle stop on the Barrier Highway around 10.30pm last Thursday.

Cobar Police reported the male driver provided a positive roadside drug test for methylamphetamines and was subsequently arrested.

Police searched the vehicle, locating a quantity of illicit drugs, and also arrested the female passenger of the vehicle.

The vehicle was conveyed to Cobar Police Station, where a further search was conducted, and police located within the vehicle a loaded shortened .243 calibre Vanguard model rifle and firearms suppressor, further illicit drugs, prescribed restricted substances, drug paraphernalia and a moderate amount of Australian currency.

The female was charged with two counts of possess prohibited drug and granted unconditional bail to appear before Cobar Local Court next month.

The male was charged with 11 offences including possess shortened firearm; possess unauthorised prohibited firearm; receive property stolen outside NSW; not keep firearm safely-prohibited firearm; possess ammunition without holding licence; three counts of possess prohibited drug; supply prohibited drug; and two counts of possess prescribed restricted substance.

He was refused bail by Police to appear before Bourke Local Court last Friday.

Police have also located illegal drugs in two residential searches in Cobar over the past week.

Around 8am on Monday morning police searched a residential premises in Cobar where the male occupant was subject to firearms and weapons prohibitions orders.

Police did not locate any firearms or ammunition however a small quantity of an illicit substance was located with further investigations pending.

Last Wednesday Police executed a search warrant at a residential address on Woodiwiss Avenue where they located cash, cannabis and methylamphetamines (ice) within the premise.

A 31 year old male was arrested and charged with supply prohibited drug; possess drug and deal with property proceeds of crime.

He was granted conditional bail to appear before Cobar Local Court later this month.