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Old Guildford man charged, firearms allegedly seized

Detectives have charged a man after an assault rifle, two pistols and ammunition were allegedly seized following a joint-agency operation targeting the possession of prohibited weapons across south-west Sydney.

Earlier this month, detectives from the NSW Police Force and Australian Federal Police (AFP) - as part of the National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) - received information relating to the possession and supply of prohibited firearms across Sydney.

As part of ongoing inquiries, NAGS investigators conducted two Firearm Prohibition Order (FPO) searches at homes at Guildford and Parramatta and executed two search warrants at homes at Old Guildford and Yagoona, from 6am on Wednesday.

Officers were also assisted throughout the operation by the Criminal Groups Squad's Strike Force Raptor.

During the search of the Old Guilford home, investigators allegedly seized an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, two automatic pistols, a silencer, knuckle dusters, a large quantity of ammunition and cannabis.

At the Yagoona home, investigators allegedly seized nearly $110,000 cash and nearly 500g of an unidentified white powder. All items will undergo further examination.

A 27-year-old man was arrested at the Old Guilford home and taken to Fairfield Police Station.

He was charged with three counts of possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm, three counts of not keeping a firearm safely (prohibited firearm), five counts of acquiring a prohibited firearm part no authority to do so, possessing ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, possessing or using a prohibited weapon without permit and possessing a prohibited drug.

The man appeared at Fairfield Local Court yesterday, where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Wednesday, October 28.

Investigations are continuing. Anyone with information that may assist NAGS investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.