Man pleads guilty to firearm charges

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
Llama .45 calibre semi-automatic handgun
Camera IconLlama .45 calibre semi-automatic handgun Credit: Supplied

A Hay man has pleaded guilty to more than a dozen firearm-related offences after police uncovered an arsenal of weapons during a raid on his house.

Appearing via video link from Albany Regional Prison in Albany Magistrate’s Court, Jason Troy Smith pleaded guilty to a total of 30 charges, including aggravated firearm possession offences and the unlicensed selling of firearms and ammunition.

Police searched Smith’s Beata Court property in Hay on April 13, uncovering a Lithgow .22 rifle modified with a silencer and a Llama .45 calibre semi-automatic handgun that had its serial number drilled off.

Smith was charged with four counts of unlicensed sale of firearms and ammunition after another search warrant in Denmark was executed by police.

Police found Smith selling more than 150 rounds of ammunition, a .22 magnum and a .243 high-powered Winchester rifle during the Denmark raid on July 10.

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Smith also pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine, cannabis and drug paraphernalia during his most recent court appearance last Thursday, as well as breach of bail, no authority to drive, and breach of community order charges.

He is due to re-appear in court on September 12.

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