Man charged after guns seized during Aberdeen traffic stop

A 37-year-old man has been charged after two firearms were seized during a traffic stop in Upper Hunter.

At around 6.20pm on Monday June 10, officers attached to Hunter Valley Traffic and Highway Patrol Command stopped a ute on Macqueen Street, Aberdeen, for random testing.

The driver was subjected to a roadside breath test, which came back negative.

However, a roadside drug test told a different story.

It returned a positive reading.

Police also searched the vehicle and seized two rifles, one of which was believed to be loaded, ammunition and a substance, believed to be methylamphetamine.

The man was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station to undergo a second drug test.

There, it returned a positive reading for methylamphetamine.

He was subsequently charged with 14 offences, including three counts of failing to keep a firearm securely – neither a pistol nor a prohibited firearm; two counts of possessing an unregistered firearm – not a prohibited pistol firearm; two counts of unauthorized person failing to return firearm; two counts of possession of ammunition without holding a license/permit/authorization; two counts of acquiring an unregistered firearm – not a pistol or prohibited firearm; one count of possession of a loaded firearm in a public place; one count of possession of a firearm not stamped/engraved with the assigned number; and one count of possession of an unauthorized firearm.

The man was granted bail to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court on Tuesday, July 2.

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