A 54-year-old senior member of the Coffin Cheaters bikie gang has been charged with a string of offences after police raided his property in Perth’s north and found an “armoury”.
Police say they uncovered nine firearms, bullet-proof clothing, a silencer, a stun gun, ammunition and edged weapons hidden inside the Landsdale home on Wednesday morning.
“We’re talking about purpose-made hiding holes,” Gang Crime Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Annesley told reporters on Thursday.
“One would have to query why someone would possess that many unlicensed firearms.”
He said police were looking into whether the guns were stolen or imported from overseas.
Serial numbers had been scraped off, Det Sen Sgt Annesley said.
The accused, Pellegrino Paul Mule, was refused bail when he appeared in Joondalup Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody until July 6.
He was a target in a fatal Banksia Grove shooting last year in which he was injured.
Mitch Finnerty, a 23-year-old who had just become a father, was shot dead in the incident and Mule’s 24-year-old son Mark was also injured.
Charges against the accused gunman, then 27-year-old Brock Kevin Johnston, were dropped after prosecutors said there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.