Property raid uncovers ammo, drug tool stockpiles

A RAID on a Lockyer Valley property targeting illegal firearms is the latest move in the region's crackdown on gun crime.

The Lockyer Valley Crime Car, with Toowoomba police and Australian Defence Force Second Combat Engineers Regiment specialists, combed a Placid Hills property this week as part of the region's ongoing investigations into illegal weapons.

While no weapons were located, ammunition for a number of different firearms was found including for shotguns, rifles and handguns as well as drug paraphernalia.

LVCC Sergeant Brad Browning said the use of ADF personnel with explosive ordinance dogs and specialist search equipment was evidence of how serious the region's police were about cracking down on the alarming crime spate.

"The raid was in relation to firearms predominantly," Sgt Browning said.

"We have access to, and will use, these specialist search capabilities which includes firearms and explosive ordinance dogs and equipment on raids where we believe things might be buried.

"It shows that the Lockyer Valley Crime Car and Darling Downs District police will use whatever resources we have available to us to stop the theft of firearms and use of drugs."

The Wednesday raid was targeted to a specific property, Sgt Browning said, but warned if police intelligence suggested other properties, they would be searched by law enforcement.

He said the discovery of three different types of ammunition indicated weapons had previously been at the property and suggested the residents owned various weapons.

"We recovered and seized that ammunition for different weapons including rifles, shotguns and handguns," he said.

"More properties will be targeted with information received under an ongoing investigation."

Anyone with information about illegal firearms or drugs is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.



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