5 December 2023

Police seize guns, drugs, booze after Aurukun raid

| Matt Nicholls
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Two firearms, ammunition, cannabis and alcohol were seized by police after successful raids in Aurukun last week.

Police last week charged a 34-year-old Aurukun man with multiple drugs and weapons offences.

Officers intercepted a vehicle at Koolkan Lane and allegedly seized an unregistered rifle, several rounds of ammunition, a quantity of cannabis and cans of restricted liquor.

“You can put this down to old-fashioned police work,” said Senior Sergeant Warren Flegg, the acting officer in charge at Aurukun station.

“We worked with information received from the community to help us.”

Police allege the rifle was unregistered and was reported missing in 2016.

Officers then searched the man’s property and found a shotgun that was not secured.

The 34-year-old man was charged with two counts of each supplying dangerous drugs and secure storage of weapons, and one count each of possessing dangerous drugs, possession of unregistered firearms, lost or stolen weapons, fail to correctly store explosives and prohibition of possession of liquor in a restricted area.

He is due to appear in court on January 18.


COOKTOWN police are looking for the culprits responsible for a fire in the township.

Initial investigation suggests around 10.50am on Tuesday, November 28, a fire was deliberately started in a mulch pile between the cricket nets and toilet block.

Anyone who was in the area and saw something suspicious should contact police.

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