Man charged after drugs and firearms are found
DRUGS and weapons including a sawn-off .22 rifle and photos showing a man allegedly posing in a crop of marijuana was among a disturbing find by officers from the Bundaberg Criminal Investigation Branch.
Elliott Heads man Joshua Edward Burden faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court on Monday charged with numerous offences including carrying a weapon in public and two counts of possessing dangerous drugs following his arrest on Saturday night.
CIB officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said it will be alleged at about midnight detectives were performing patrols of the McCarthy St area when their attention was draw to a silver Ford Falcon sedan.
"As a result this vehicle was intercepted and two male persons were found to be in the vehicle," he said.
"The passenger of the vehicle had a bag between his legs and during the course of the search of that vehicle and that bag, a shortened .22 rifle, which was loaded, was found in that bag.
"A quantity of drugs, including three ounces of cannabis was located in the bag as well.
"A quantity of methamphetamine was also found in that bag."
Det Snr Sgt Hildred said it will be alleged that as a result of investigations into the man's activities police executed three search warrants at properties on Monday.
"One warrant was executed at Isis Central which indicated a large cannabis crop had been grown at that property," he said.
"Other evidence was located which lead police to two address at Elliott Heads, where a large hunting rifle was located... it appears to be unregistered.
"As a result a man has been charged with number of drug and firearms offences." Det Snr Sergeant Hildred said it was concerning what the accused had planned to use the weapons for.
"Any shortened firearm such as this rifle which was located, normally the person carrying this weapon would normally have sinister intents either to use it against someone or to have it for self defence.
"This type of action is quite inappropriate and will not be condoned by the Bundaberg police.
"Taking these weapons off the street is certainly a significant result."
Det Snr Sgt Hildred said the man has also been charged with drug trafficking and production after photos allegedly showing the man standing in a marijuana crop were found by police.
"A number of images were taken off the man's phone, found in his possession, which included him standing among large quantities of cannabis," he said.
"Cannabis that appear to have been grown for several years.
"This indicates to police that a significant amount of money may have been made out of the production of this cannabis."
Burden is expected to face court again next month.