POLICE allege they uncovered a replica gun and drugs during a raid at a home in West Tamworth.
The police sting was sparked after allegations a man was threatened with a firearm, which police now believe was a replica, in West Tamworth on Tuesday night.
The Operational Support Group (OSG), or the force's riot and high-risk situation squad, was called in to back up Target Action Group (TAG) police and detectives as they searched a Lambert Street property on Wednesday morning.
William Charles Coffey was arrested during the raid and is facing charges of being armed with intent, intimidation, driving recklessly or in a speed or manner dangerous, driving while unlicenced and in an unregistered car.
"Police have been investigating an incident that occurred on Tuesday night and as a result of that, officers executed a search warrant on Wednesday where what we allege is a replica firearm and a quantity of drugs was seized," Oxley Acting Inspector Jason Darcy said.
Coffey spent the night in custody and appeared in Tamworth Local Court on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to all five charges.
He lodged a bid for bail but it was refused by magistrate Julie Soars who ordered him into the custody of Corrective Services, where he will remain until the case returns to court in May.
The replica gun and drugs have been seized for forensic examination and police have not ruled out laying further charges. Investigations continue, Detective Darcy said.