Homemade submachine gun and parts found in raid, Toowoomba man facing weapons charges

Updated January 11, 2019 16:44:39

Queensland police are investigating whether a 52-year-old man charged with manufacturing a submachine gun had any links to organised crime.

Key points:

  • Police believe the weapon had only been constructed recently
  • Officers found a range of weapons components in a shipping container
  • Detectives are looking into whether there are organised crime links

Police raided a house in the Toowoomba suburb of Harristown on Thursday and found a shipping container with a large range of equipment inside.

Officers said they discovered manufactured weapon components, tools such as a drill press, grinders and welders, drawings, templates and a computer with manufacturing instructions.

Police said a quantity of methylamphetamine and smoking utensils were also found.

Senior Sergeant Matt Howard said the raid was the result of a tip-off from the community.

He said the weapon discovery was concerning.

“It’s a fully automatic handgun, very powerful … it’ll be sent to ballistics for testing,” he said.

“We have found other items of this nature previously but not assembled like we had yesterday.”

Senior Sergeant Howard said police believed the man had only just finished making the weapon.

“It was a very well-structured set-up and it’s very concerning for police,” he said.

“This firearm could have ended up anywhere.”

He said police would be making further inquiries into whether the man had any links with organised crime.

“It’s only early in our investigations, we’ll be making further enquires in relation to certain links … we’ll have our Intelligence section make those enquires for us,” he said.

The man was taken to the Toowoomba watch house where he was charged with several offences including manufacture of a Category R weapon, possession of a Category R weapon, possessing drugs, possessing drug utensils, and possessing tainted property.

He is due to face court again in March.

Topics: crime-prevention, crime, toowoomba-4350, brisbane-4000, harristown-4350, qld

First posted January 11, 2019 15:45:39

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