Detectives from the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad charged a man in Merrylands yesterday (February 19) after his DNA was found on a Glock pistol seized during a warrant last year.
Last September, police officers searched a garage in a Westmead apartment block and a unit in Greystanes.
In the Westmead garage, police found a stolen Mercedes C63 sedan valued at $169,000.
Police found the Glock pistol with an extended 30-round magazine, balaclavas and gloves, inside the car.
At the Greystanes address, police found more than 120g of methylamphetamine or ‘ice’, $34,685 in cash, a .45 semi automatic pistol with two magazines and 13 rounds of ammunition, and other items associated with the supply of prohibited drugs.
A 27-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were charged following the warrants.
Both remain before the courts.
Detectives also arrested a man, 22, in Merrylands at 8.15am yesterday.
He was charged with:
- Possess unauthorised pistol;
- Possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit;
- Receive property-theft=serious indictable offence; and,
- Goods suspected stolen in/on premises (m/v).
Police will allege the man’s DNA was found on the Glock found last September.
The man was refused bail and faced court yesterday, where he was granted conditional bail to reappear on March 19.
Police say the Glock pistol is one of up to 200 that were allegedly imported from Europe by a criminal syndicate.
The importation of the Glock pistols is the subject of an investigation by the Firearms and Organised Crime Squad’s Strike Force Maxworthy. To date, 10 of the Glocks have been recovered by police.
Three men are before the courts as a result of Strike Force Maxworthy.