A loaded pump-action shotgun was found in a car as police nabbed a man for allegedly producing fake drivers’ licences on the Gold Coast.
A man was already facing jail when he was arrested by police on the Gold Coast for allegedly forging Queensland drivers’ licences.
Carlo Piero Stewart, 24, was denied bail at Southport Magistrates Court on Friday on 12 charges including forgery, unlawful possession of weapons and drug possession.
Stewart, who was already on bail on charges of drug possession and obstructing police, was arrested on Thursday afternoon after officers stopped a car in which he was a passenger.
A search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered a loaded pump-action shotgun and an unloaded revolver.
Police also seized a suitcase containing $1100, about two grams of what’s believed to be methamphetamine and various other drug-related items.
Stewart is the owner of the items, it is alleged.
He was producing fake licences from a Surfers Paradise apartment they raided recently after another resident reported seeing a firearm at the property, police say.
As well as finding licences in various states of production at the apartment, police claim to have found printers used to print fake IDs at the property.
Stewart was already at large after failing to appear in court for a scheduled mention of his other charges in March.
Magistrate Kerry Magee sentenced Stewart to a six-month jail term on the failing to appear charge.
He is eligible for parole on October 25.
She refused him bail on the new charges, citing his “absolute contempt” for the court system and his history of failing to front court.
The matter has been adjourned until December 18.
Stewart’s case is not believed to be linked to another scam involving fake driver’s licences in Queensland.
The Crime and Corruption Commission is investigating a public servant in the Department of Transport and Main Roads for allegedly issuing licences to people who knowingly gave false or misleading information during their applications.