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Men charged with drug and firearms offences following investigation

Two north-west men have been charged with drug and firearms offences as a result of an investigation.


Police intercepted a vehicle driven by a 33 year old Smithton man, on Bass Highway, Smithton, on 5 August. An oral fluid test was conducted, with the man allegedly testing positive for amphetamines.


Police then conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly located an amount of cannabis bud, and a traffickable quantity of THC Jelly.


The man has been charged with a range of drug offences including trafficking in controlled substance, and cultivating controlled plant for sale.


As a result of further investigations, police conducted a search of a Hellyer property on 6 September.


The following items were allegedly located:


  • 1 x sawn off .22LR rifle, fashioned into a pistol
  • 1 x “airsoft” pistol, in replication of a 6-shot Smith and Wesson revolver
  • 1 x taser
  • 1 x empty magazine
  • A quantity of cannabis, methylamphetamine and other drug related paraphernalia.




A 49 year old Hellyer man was interviewed and charged with a number of firearms and drugs charges including:

  • Possess a firearm when not the holder of a firearm licence of the appropriate category. X 2
  • Possess shortened firearm. X 1
  • Fail to comply with storage requirements for Category H firearm. X 2
  • Fail to take all precautions to ensure safekeeping of firearm. X 2
  • Possess a firearm to which a firearms licence may not be issued. X 1
  • Possess firearm part. X 1
  • Possess controlled plant or its products. X 1
  • Using controlled plants or its products. X 1


Both men were bailed to appear in the Burnie Magistrates Court on 27 October at 9:45am.

If you have any information about drug or firearms crime, report to Police on 131444 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or

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