Bond for bikie who stashed weapons

A GUNNEDAH bikie who was hiding weapons and explosives has walked from court on a bond.

Adam Wade Cartwright was pulled from a Kilcoy St home in Gunnedah during a dawn raid in June in an undercover operation by the State Crime Command together with Australian Customs and Border Protection Services.

This week, he was ordered to stay out of trouble for 12 months.

The 53-year-old, who was a member of the Gladiators outlaw motorcycle gang’s Namoi chapter, has been on bail since police swooped on June 18.

During the co-ordinated dawn sting, officers seized Cartwright’s knuckleduster, extendable baton and railway detonators before he was charged.

After Cartwright pleaded guilty in Gunnedah Local Court this week to handling an explosive with out a licence and two counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, Magistrate Daphne Kok ordered the 53-year-old onto a one-year good-behaviour bond.

His co-accused and housemate at the time, Adrian Noel Antaw, fronted Gunnedah court for the first time this week since he was charged last month with a string of offences.

Antaw is accused of possessing a sawn-off shotgun, multiple shotgun cartridges and drugs, which police allege they seized from the home the pair were living in together at the time.

Police said the raid was sparked after Australian Customs intercepted a parcel at Sydney International Mail Facility.

The package was sent from the United States, containing eight rifle magazines.

Further investigations pointed officers to Gunnedah, prompting the search warrant earlier this year.

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