Drugs swapped for homemade firearms, police allege
HOMEMADE guns and drugs have been seized during a raid at a house in High St, Lismore Heights.
It comes less than a week after police discovered what was believed to be a cocaine drug laboratory at a different house in the same street.
Yesterday's raid was part of an ongoing investigation into the links between illegal drugs and firearms in the region.
Police from the Richmond Local Area Command will allege they uncovered two homemade metal pipe guns, manufactured ammunition, methylamphetamine, restricted prescription antipsychotic drug Olanzapine and a stolen chainsaw during the raid.
Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said the raids were not connected, but acknowledged there were crossovers within the drug trade.
"The arrests and the search warrant yesterday are part of an ongoing investigation that's connected to the correlation between drug activity and firearm activity," he said.
"We will also allege that drugs are being swapped for firearms including homemade firearms."
Det Insp Lindsay said the discovery of homemade guns capable of firing ammunition was extremely concerning.
"They are dangerous items not only to the person that's firing the weapon, but also to the person being fired at," he said.
He said police were appealing for information from anyone who might know where the guns were being produced.
"We believe they could be made locally," he said.
"They need to be made by someone who has some kind of knowledge about working with metal."
As a result of the search warrant, a 26-year-old man has been issued with a summons for possessing a prescribed restricted substance and unauthorised possession of ammunition.
A 25-year-old woman has also been charged with unauthorised possession of ammunition.
Det Insp Lindsay said further charges may be laid following the results of ballistic testing of the firearms.
He said drug charges could also be laid.
Forensic chemists in Sydney are still examining evidence taken from last week's search warrant at a different house in High St, Det Insp Lindsay said.
He said there would be more search warrants executed in the command in relation to illegal drugs and firearms.
"We will continue to take out warrants and arrest people involved in drug activity and involved in the manufacture of illegal firearms," he said.
Anyone who has any information should phone Lismore Police Station on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous.