Some of the firearms found by police at Mount Morgan.
Some of the firearms found by police at Mount Morgan. Allan Reinikka

Police search nets 150 firearms after routine traffic stop

UPDATE 3PM WEDNESDAY: Three men have been arrested in relation to the discovery of 150 firearms at Mt Morgan. 

Among the loot were semi-automatic weapons, some of which had been converted to automatic weapons, 20 handguns, cross bows and an AK47. Some of the weapons were also loaded.

Rockhampton Inspector Darrin Shadlow said the reason for having so many weapons was still unclear, and would form part of the investigation. 

He said the three men were in their 50s or older, and one was a former caretaker for the Mt Morgan Gun Club. 

The Inspector said it was the biggest haul he had seen in his time in Rockhampton, since arriving in 2007, while long serving WIN cameraman Kent Murray said it was the largest he'd seen in his 31 year career here.

"It blew me away," Mr Murray said. 


POLICE have pulled off a major firearms operation in Mt Morgan with a bang after officers seized about 150 firearms in the area.

Rockhampton Inspector Darrin Shadlow yesterday said police had undertaken a two-week operation, which involved a number of property searches, in Mt Morgan and had seized a number of illegal firearms.

He said the operation was the result of police intercepting a car on a routine traffic stop.

It wasn't clear yesterday whether or not anyone had been charged.

If you have any information that could help police, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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