Rockingham court: two men accused of having unlawfully altered firearms in vehicle

TWO men have had their first court appearance after being arrested during a car stop on September 26.

Dai Canh Nguyen appeared in custody at Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 27 charged with possess an unlawfully altered firearm.

Shane Wayne Joseph appeared in custody shortly after Mr Nguyen on four charges of possess amphetamine with intent to sell or supply, possess prohibited drug, possess unlawfully altered firearm and no authority to drive.

The Prosecutor said police alleged they stopped a speeding vehicle on Thomas Road Anketell at about 10pm on September 26.

During a vehicle search officers said they found a loaded handgun, a quantity of cash, numerous weapons, smoking implements, a disguise and other items linked to drug dealing.

Appearing before Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright Mr Nguyen asked for bail.

“I was hoping for bail because I run a fruit and vegetable shop. I also live in Perth,” he said.

Magistrate Hills-Wright asked if he could raise a surety and Mr Nguyen said he could.

He was bailed with a $5000 and like surety bail.

The prosecutor did not oppose bail.

When Mr Joseph appeared he questioned why he was being charged for the altered handgun.

“Someone’s already admitted to the firearm and the officers told me there was only .4g of meth,” he said.

The prosecutor said there was 3grams.

Mr Joseph was received the same $5000 bail and surety.

Neither men were required to enter a plea and they were remanded for legal advice to re-appear on October 18.

Two other passengers, a 24 year old man from Marangaroo and a 20 year old woman from Waikiki will be summonsed at a later date for drug related offences.