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A pistol seized today during a search warrant at Tweed Heads. (picture supplied NSW police media unit).
A pistol seized Wednesday June 11 during a search at Tweed Heads. (picture supplied NSW police media unit).

Two men accused of being involved in shootings at Banora Point in February will appear in the Tweed Heads Local Court today (Thursday June 12), and another three men allegedly involved in supplying drugs will appear on 30 June.

The five men were arrested during police raids Wednesday morning (June  11).

The raids followed a four month investigation into a shooting at Banora Point on 3 February, where two shotgun rounds were discharged into a home in Anthony Avenue.

Moments later, a further five rounds were fired towards a vehicle in Laura Street, Banora Point.

No one was injured in either shooting.

As a result of Wednesday’s raids, a 38-year-old man was charged with firing at a dwelling house, discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, supplying a firearm, and drug supply charges.

He was refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court on Thursday June 12.

As well, a 38-year-old man was charged with supplying a firearm, attempting to possess firearm, attempting to acquire a firearm.

He was also refused bail and will appear in Tweed court on 12 June.

Others caught up in the raid will appear in court later this month.

They include a 23-year old man and a 22-year-old man who were charged with supplying prohibited drugs, and a 36-year-old man who was charged with supply and possessing a prohibited drug, and having goods in custody.

They will all appear at Tweed Local Court on 30 June.

The men were arrested as part of Operation Kulayle, which was formed to investigate the shootings. The operation involved officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command, assisted by police from the Tactical Operations Unit and Strike Force Raptor.

Police say they do not believe the shootings were bikie-gang related.

 


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