Kunghur raid nets drugs, weapons
By SAMANTHA HEALY
A RAID by police on a property belonging to a Lone Wolves Motorcycle Club member at Kunghur yesterday revealed an immense stash of weapons, drugs and explosives. Tweed Target Group detectives raided the property and, apart from the weapons and amphetamines, were surprised to discover an underground bunker housing 20 mature hydroponically cultivated cannabis plants with an estimated street value of more than $100,000. Det.Frank Natoli of Tweed Heads Police said it was a very sophisticated set-up. Weapons unearthed in the raid included eight rifles including one high-powered automatic rifle, a number of hand guns, knives and approximately 3000 rounds of high-powered ammunition. Explosives including detonators, a black powder, explosive fuse chords and a possibly a quantity of gunpowder were also discovered by police. A Kunghur man aged in his 40s was arrested and charged with a number of serious offences including cultivation and possession of a prohibited drug, and possession of an indictable amount of amphetamines. Det Natoli said last night that the man is also likely to face serious weapons-related charges. Bail was refused and the man will appear in Murwillumbah Local Court today. Ongoing investigations are being carried out by detectives from the Tweed Target Action Group. Yesterday's raid has no connection with ongoing statewide operations which targeted a bikie gang in the Lismore/Byron Bay area two weeks ago.