Counterfeit cash in Cockatoo

Pakenham and Emerald police officers have charged a man after executing a search warrant in Cockatoo last week.

Investigators executed a search warrant at a property on Edmunds Road, on Thursday 11 January, following three incidents where police allege that counterfeit money was used to obtain goods from retail stores in the Pakenham area.

Police executed the search warrant without issue and located and seized the following items:

• seven handmade/manufactured firearms

• firearm parts including slides, magazines, and a silencer

• more than 140 rounds of ammunition and cartridges

• paper and a printer used to manufacture counterfeit money

• counterfeit notes to the value of $100

• blank driver licence and stencil templates

• radar (anti-speed) detector

• property allegedly purchased with the counterfeit money.

A 34-year-old Cockatoo man handed himself into police the following day and was charged with 27 offences including prohibited person possess firearm, possess ammunition without a licence, obtain property by deception, utter counterfeit money and possess instrument used for counterfeiting.

The man was remanded in custody to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 8 April.

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