A senior Corrective Services NSW officer has been charged after 10 handguns, nine military-style assault rifles and other prohibited weapons were seized in the state's west.
Police say that on Tuesday, 8 December, detectives from the Corrective Services Investigation Unit commenced inquiries following information received relating to the possession of prohibited firearms and weapons by a senior correctional officer near Lithgow.
Following extensive inquiries, detectives attended a minimum-security correctional centre near Bathurst and spoke with a 33-year-old man, who is a senior Corrective Services NSW officer, about 1.20pm yesterday, Wednesday 9 December.
A search warrant was subsequently executed at a property near Lithgow, where detectives seized 10 handguns, nine military-style assault rifles, 13 sets of handcuffs, five batons, a ballistic vest, a butterfly knife and knuckle dusters.
Officers also seized a Corrective Services NSW gas launcher, three cans of OC spray and a large quantity of replica firearm ammunition.
The man was arrested and taken to Lithgow Police Station, where he was charged with 37 offences including;
- Possess unauthorised firearm (x10),
- possess unauthorised prohibited firearm (x8),
- possess prohibited weapon without permit (x13),
- possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority (x5), and
- goods in custody suspected stolen in/on premises.
The man was refused bail to appear at Lithgow Local Court today, Thursday 10 December.
More to come.