22 March 2023

Two men face court over alleged manufacture of firearms

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Two Leeton men were charged with a litany of offences for the alleged illegal manufacture of firearms. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Two Leeton men have fronted court charged with multiple weapons offences following an investigation into the alleged illegal manufacture of firearms.

Officers attached to Murrumbidgee Police District’s Proactive Crime Team commenced their investigation in February this year. Following inquiries, police executed a firearms prohibition search at a home on Wallowa Street in Leeton at about 9 am last Thursday (16 March).

During the search, police said they located and seized firearms parts for automatic weapons, ammunition, firearms blueprints, as well as cannabis and cannabis plants.

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Craig McPhee, 56, was arrested at the scene and taken to Leeton Police Station. Following further inquiries, police executed a search warrant at a home on Macquarie Street in Wamoon just before 9 am yesterday (21 March).

Police said they seized a .22 calibre rifle, an airsoft rifle, ammunition, a slingshot, cannabis and cannabis plants.

All items were seized to undergo further forensic examination. Dennis Reeves, 64, was also arrested at the scene and taken to Leeton Police Station.

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Reeves was charged with multiple offences, including two counts of possessing an unauthorised firearm, manufacturing a prohibited firearm without a licence, possessing or using a prohibited weapon without a permit, possessing a prohibited drug and supplying cannabis.

After McPhee was granted conditional bail, he was re-arrested in Leeton and charged with one count each of manufacturing a prohibited firearm without a licence/permit – serious indictable offence, and possessing a digital blueprint for the manufacture of firearms.

McPhee and Reeves faced Griffith Local Court today and both were refused bail.

Both men will appear at Griffith Local Court on 17 May.

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