A man will appear in court today charged following a police operation in Picton yesterday.
Camden Police Area Command officers commenced an investigation earlier this month after receiving information from the Australian Federal Police in relation to the importation of prohibited firearms and explosives by a man in Picton.
Police say investigators arrested a 54-year-old man at a unit on Argyle Street, at 8.50am yesterday (Tuesday, July 20) following inquiries.
A crime scene was established at the Argyle Street premises, and at a home at Wild Street, Picton.
Police say both locations were found to contain chemicals, which were secured and processed with assistance from specialist resources including the Drug and Firearms Squad's Chemical Operations Team, Rescue and Bomb Disposal Squad and NSW Fire and Rescue Hazmat.
During a search of both homes, police say they seized equipment including a rotary evaporator, heating mantle and glassware, as well as liquids and acids including fuming nitric acid.
Rescue and Bomb Disposal Squad officers say they also removed detonator charger casings and a firearm.
All items seized during the operation will undergo further forensic examination, police say.
The man was taken to Narellan Police Station, where police say he was charged with possess unauthorised prohibited firearm, and possess, supply or make explosive for unlawful purpose.
He was refused bail to appear at Moss Vale Local Court today (Wednesday, July 21 2021).
Specialist police are expected continue to process the properties over the coming days and inquiries by local police are continuing with assistance from the Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command.
Police say they have not established any ongoing threat to the community.
Investigations are continuing.
Anyone with information that may assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
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