3 May 2024

Police allegedly seize four shingleback blue tongue lizards, guns and hunting equipment in the Riverina

A man has been charged with 35 offences, following a search of a rural property.

A man has been charged with 35 offences following a search of a rural property in Humula. Photo: NSW Police.

A 25-year-old man is set to face court after police allegedly seized guns, native lizards, and hunting equipment at a rural property near Holbrook.

Police said the Murray River Police District Rural Crime Prevention Team and Riverina Police District Rural Crime Prevention Team executed a search warrant at a rural property in Humula, about 60 km southwest of Holbrook, at about 6:45 am on Wednesday (1 May).

Officers allegedly seized three trail bikes, three firearms and ammunition, a luxury watch, a chainsaw, a hedge cutter, a lawn mower, RMS road signs, number plates and a bogie trailer, alleged to have been stolen.

National Parks and Wildlife Services assisted with the alleged seizure of four shingleback blue tongue lizards after checks allegedly revealed the man did not hold the appropriate licence.

Drugs, including cannabis and methamphetamine, hunting equipment, including tracking collars, breastplates, hunting knives and GPS handheld tracking modules were also allegedly seized.

The 25-year-old man was arrested and taken to Holbrook Police Station and charged with 35 offences, including three counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm, possessing a shortened firearm, three counts of acquiring ammunition for firearms without a licence, four counts of dealing in or attempting to deal in protected animal, aggravated entry of agricultural land, larceny and hunting in private land.

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He appeared in Wagga Wagga Local Court yesterday (2 May), was refused bail and is set to reappear in the same court on Tuesday, 14 May.

Investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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