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A large team of police were called out to the Bunnings carpark this morning. Photo supplied.

Upate 3.40pm:

Police have confirmed that the arrest that took place this morning at Bunnings carpark was in relation to the supply of illegal firearms.

‘In November 2018, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad established Strike Force Myosoti to investigate the movement of firearms between states and territories. As part of ongoing inquiries, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad, with assistance from the Tactical Operations Unit, arrested a 44-year-old man at a carpark on Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay, just before 10am today (Thursday, 16 July, 2020),’ said a police spokesperson.

‘In a subsequent search of the man and his vehicle, detectives seized two pistols, ammunition and $2,900 cash.

‘A short time later, investigators executed a search warrant at a home at Kingscliff, where they seized electronic storage devices and computers.’

The Kingscliff man was taken to Byron Bay Police Station, where charges are expected to be laid.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information about the supply of illegal firearms is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Upate 1.40pm:

A 44-year-old man has been arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station following a planned police operation in Byron Bay this morning.

‘The operation relates to an ongoing investigation by the State Crime Command’s Drug and Firearms Squad,’ said a police spokesperson.

Original story 11am:

A large number of police were called out to Bunnings carpark in Byron Bay at 10.20am this morning according to a NSW police spokesperson.

One surprised shopper told Echonetdaily that ‘there were at least 20 police.’

‘That the swat team and local cops, then the investigators arrived.’

According to the witness, who asked not to be named, the police searched the car making the man they had arrested watch while they took everything out.

‘The cops did an amazing job, they were very professional,’ said the witness.

‘Once they got the man locked down he was very cooperative. They had a hat out of his car that had stuff in it and the back bit [of the car] had two barrels of something in it.’

NSW police have confirmed that there has been an arrest as a result of investigation.

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