Information from the people of Perth to Crime Stoppers helped Perth’s Regional Investigations Unit Detectives halt the distribution of illegal firearms in 2017.
The targeted operation by detectives involved the execution of 13 search warrants in which they seized illegal firearms, weapons and drugs.
Items seized during the course of the operation included 14 firearms, two replica firearms, more than 200 rounds of ammunition and various weapons including electric shock devices, swords, extendable batons, pepper spray and myriad home-made weapons.
Variable quantities of methamphetamine, cannabis, heroin, three stolen cars and suspected stolen property were also seized.
During a search in April 2017, a large sophisticated cannabis growing setup was located in a room at a semi-rural home in Gnangara.
Twenty-eight cannabis plants were found at the property.
The million dollar property was seized by police as it was used in the commission of a crime.
A 45-year-old man was charged in relation to the seizure.
During the course of the operation, 20 people were charged with 81 offences.
Many of the firearms seized had been converted from blank firing firearms and replicas to fully operational firearms capable of firing projectiles.
Detective Senior Sergeant Darren Hart of the Regional Investigations Unit said that finding firearms of this nature was concerning as in almost all cases they have been modified or manufactured to be hidden more easily.
“In many cases these modifications have made the firearms very unsafe, for example by exposing the trigger and creating a significant risk to anyone who handles them,” Det Snr Sgt Hart said.
“There is no legitimate, lawful or even reasonable purpose for possessing firearms like these – they are purely made, modified and possessed for criminal purposes.”
Detectives would like anyone with more information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online.