The Courier-Mail

Weaponry, bomb data found in man’s flat

Yacht trio face court

- JEREMY PIERCE CRIME STOPPERS 1800 333 000

POLICE are still trying to piece together why a Gold Coast man in his 60s had collected a cache of weapons, explosives and guides on how to manufactur­e bombs.

Paramedics were called to an apartment at Mudgeeraba in the early hours yesterday for an unrelated medical emergency. But a short time later police executed a search warrant that led to the discovery of drugs, guns, ammunition, a crossbow and a quantity of what appeared to be official police property.

Police-style items including badges, ID tags, batons, handcuffs and a uniform were discovered.

Most alarming of all, there was also a guide on how to manufactur­e bombs.

The 61-year-old occupant of the apartment was last night charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a weapon and will face Southport Magistrate­s Court today.

A woman believed to be his daughter was at the property yesterday, but refused to comment when approached by The Courier-Mail.

Neighbours said the man kept largely to himself and was rarely seen around the housing complex.

Acting Chief Superinten­dent Craig Hanlon of Gold Coast District Police, said the discovery was extremely alarming.

“It raises concerns as to what the motives and intentions were with these items,” he said. “The police-style equipment is also a concern because to the untrained eye they may appear to be authentic police issue. That would again raise concerns over what sort of motive there might be behind that.

“We’re not ruling anything out at this stage.” THREE men arrested on Monday in connection with a 70kg cocaine bust on a yacht moored in the Coomera River faced Southport Magistrate­s Court yesterday morning.

Marko Maksimovic, 29, who was charged with attempted possession of a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border-controlled drug, was denied bail.

Victor Valdamir Jocic, 59, and Jordan Antic, 67, were both charged with importatio­n of a commercial quantity of a border-controlled drug.

The two defendants were not required in court and had their matters adjourned until September 21.

Two other people involved in the drug syndicate appeared in court on Tuesday and remain in custody.

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