Routine intercept in Truganina uncovers prohibited weapons, arrests made.
During a routine intercept in Truganina, officers from the VIPER Taskforce seized an imitation handgun and a hunting knife last night. The red Holden Commodore drew attention when the VIPER unit noticed its registration plate hanging off on Friday, June 2, around 8:30 pm on Leakes Road.
Following the intercept, police detected a strong smell resembling cannabis, prompting a search of the vehicle. The search revealed an alleged imitation Glock handgun, a quantity of cannabis, and a large hunting knife.
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As a result, a 22-year-old Truganina man, who was one of the passengers, was arrested due to five outstanding warrants. He is expected to face charges related to possessing the firearm, prohibited weapon, and providing a false name to the police.
The 25-year-old probationary driver from Truganina will be summoned for driving while suspended and failing to display p-plates.
The other passenger, a 21-year-old Truganina man, is expected to be summoned for providing a false name and address. He received a caution for alleged cannabis possession.
The VIPER Taskforce, established in July 2022, operates as a tactical and investigative unit within Crime Command. Its primary focus is on preventing, detecting, deterring, disrupting, and dismantling criminal activities associated with outlaw motorcycle gangs, organized crime networks, and street gangs. The taskforce supports specialist investigation units and regional police by providing additional resources for investigation tactics and enforcement actions.