POLICE have charged a man following an operation established to crackdown on illegal hunting in the North West.
In a coordinated sting, cops from the rural crime squad, PolAir, Target Action Group officers and general duties officers attached to the Western Region conducted Operation Snare over the last two weekends.
Officers particularly targeted the areas of Barraba, Manilla, Pilliga, Warialda, Bingara, Yetman, Burren Junction and Carinda.
During the operation police stopped and searched numerous vehicles which were involved in hunting.
Officers issued nine infringement notices as well as numerous warnings for traffic, hunting and dog registration offences.
At 2.15 on Saturday morning, officers stopped a vehicle in Dangar Street, Pilliga.
The driver, a 25-year-old man, was spoken to and the vehicle was searched.
Officers allegedly located a machined silencer for a large calibre rifle, ammunition, tins of gunpowder, primers, and an expired registration plate for a quad bike.
He was issued an infringement for unlawfully possess number plate and issued a field court attendance notice for the offences of possess prohibited weapon, and holder of category AB licence not have approved storage.
A court date has not yet been set.
Meanwhile, at about 8.35 (Saturday 29 September 2018), New England Rural Crime investigators were patrolling Allan Cunningham Way, Gineroi, when they stopped a car being driven by a 30-year-old woman.
Officers had cause to search the vehicle, subsequently locating a stolen council road sign, as well as a quantity of the drug ice.
The woman was charged with supply prohibited drug between small and indictable quantity, and goods in custody.
She was bail refused to appear at Moree Local Court on Tuesday, October 2.
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