7 July 2023

Riverina man granted conditional bail over alleged involvement in illegal manufacture of firearms

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Dennis Reeves was granted conditional bail and is set to return to Griffith Local Court in September. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

A Leeton man has been granted conditional bail following investigations into the illegal manufacture of firearms in the region.

Dennis Reeves, 64, fronted Griffith Local Court on Thursday (6 July), charged with multiple weapons offence.

Reeves was charged with two counts of not keeping a firearm safe, two counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm, manufacturing a prohibited firearm without a licence, possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit, possessing ammunition without a permit, possessing a prohibited drug and supplying cannabis.

Magistrate Trevor Khan granted Reeves bail on the condition bail that he must report to Leeton Police Station once daily between 8 am and 7 pm, and not leave his home at night (8 pm to 7 am).

Reeves must live at Leeton and attend the front door of the premises immediately upon the request of a police officer, with curfew checks to be no more than twice a night, eight times a week.

The accused must not go near or contact, or try to go near or contact (except through a legal representative), any prosecution witness.

He must not drink alcohol or take drugs unless prescribed by a doctor, not attend or have any contact with any firearm ranges or firearm retail stores, or be in the company of any person in possession of a firearm or be in possession of any firearm or part of a firearm, or any equipment used in the manufacture of a firearm.

Reeves must also not be with or contact Craig McPhee, who was arrested alongside him by police in March.

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Officers from the Murrumbidgee Police District’s Proactive Crime Team began their investigation in February this year. Following inquiries, they executed a firearms prohibition search at a home in Wallowa Street, Leeton, about 9 am on 16 March.

Police allegedly located and seized firearms parts for automatic weapons, ammunition, firearms blueprints, as well as cannabis and cannabis plants. McPhee was arrested at the scene and taken to Leeton Police Station.

Following further inquiries, police executed a search warrant at a home in Macquarie Street at Wamoon on 21 March.

Police allegedly seized a .22-calibre rifle, an airsoft rifle, ammunition, a slingshot, cannabis and cannabis plants, and arrested Reeves at the scene before taking him to Leeton Police Station.

Reeves is set to return to Griffith Local Court on 7 September.

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