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Buxton man fifth person charged over supply of firearms

A Buxton man has become the fifth person to be charged by Strike Force Raptor over the supply of drugs and firearms by a criminal group.

The 23 year old was arrested at Southern Highlands Police Station yesterday.

He was charged with supplying a prohibited firearm to an unauthorised person and supplying a prohibited firearm to a person unauthorised to possess it.

Police will allege in court that the man was involved in the supply of two rifles at Dee Why in May last year.

He was refused bail to appear at Goulburn Local Court today.

In June 2018, Strike Force Raptor commenced an investigation into a criminal group involved in the alleged supply of prohibited drugs and firearms across NSW.

Some of the firearms seized by Strike Force Raptor.

During the investigation, police seized a total of 31 firearms, including six handguns and 26 long-arms – such as a M1 Carbine, two SKS semi-automatic rifles, a military self-loading rifle, a Mossberg pump-action and a Ruger semi-automatic rifle – knives, knuckle dusters, ammunition, 20kg of silver, large commercial and commercial quantities of GBL and MDMA, a tablet press and prescription drugs.

Four men aged 22, 33, 44, and 65 were previously been charged and remain before the courts.

Strike Force Raptor was established in 2009 and conducts proactive investigations and intelligence-based, high-impact policing operations to prevent and disrupt conflicts, and dismantle any network engaged in serious organised criminal activity.

Anyone with information, including relevant photos and videos that may assist Strike Force Raptor can report it directly to investigators via the Strike Force Raptor online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/Default.aspx?id=49 or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Information provided to investigators will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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