Cross-border manhunt accused Luke Jones, 27, and Jason James Brady front Moree court

Adjourned: The pair fronted Moree Local Court this week.
Adjourned: The pair fronted Moree Local Court this week.

TWO men charged after a major cross-border operation involving NSW and Queensland police have entered pleas to the charges in court.

Luke William Jones and Jason James Brady appeared in Moree Local Court this week facing a raft of charges.

The pair were arrested during a three-day operation at Mungindi and into Dirranbandi in Queensland in mid-May. 

Jones pleaded guilty to five offences including aggravated break-and-enter and resisting police, but will fight three charges including possessing three or more firearms.

He made no application for bail and it was formally refused and will return to court in August, after police compile a brief of evidence.

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Brady is charged with aggravated break-and-enter of a Mungindi property and two counts of travelling in a stolen car.

Police will allege he was in the company of the other two men when he allegedly broke in and stole firearms from a property.

Brady remains on bail with magistrate Michael Deakin ordering a background report ahead of another mention in August.

The cross-border manhunt was sparked after investigations into the theft of firearms from Mungindi properties in the fortnight prior. Police seized at least nine of the guns during their search.

A third co-accused remains in custody in Queensland facing more than 20 charges. He has not been charged in relation to the NSW offences.

Massive operation: Officers chased the men from Mungindi to Collarenbri to Angledool and into Dirranbandi in Queensland. Photo: Google images

Massive operation: Officers chased the men from Mungindi to Collarenbri to Angledool and into Dirranbandi in Queensland. Photo: Google images