Accused had loaded gun cocked as police neared, court hears

UPDATE: The sound of people approaching his home prompted Troy Ronald Fursman to cock a loaded handgun to defend himself, a court has heard.

It wasn't until the 50-year-old realised the sound was being made by police officers preparing to raid his Forest Glen home that he put the loaded weapon down and out of sight.

Those allegations and other factors were the basis for Magistrate Annette Hennessy refusing Fursman's application for bail that was heard in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this afternoon.

A loaded .357 handgun was allegedly found under a bed during a raid on a Forest Glen property.
A loaded .357 handgun was allegedly found under a bed during a raid on a Forest Glen property. Stuart Cumming

The .357 handgun as well as a dismantled sawn-off shot gun that had been hidden inside an air compressor were allegedly found at Fursman's Old Maroochydore Rd address yesterday morning.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Stephen Potter said Fursman had cooperated with officers and was subsequently charged with 14 offences.

They included possession of about 200g of pseudoephedrine tablets, a drug that can be used to make methamphetamine, which had been removed from their packaging.

The court heard the removal from packaging was the basis of a producing dangerous drugs charge.

Quantities of marijuana, steroids and methamphetamine were also found during the search.

There were also charges for possessing stolen power tools.

A sawn-off shotgun was allegedly found inside an air compressor during a raid at a Forest Glen property.
A sawn-off shotgun was allegedly found inside an air compressor during a raid at a Forest Glen property. Stuart Cumming

Defence lawyer Bernie Bradley said his client was addicted to methamphetamine and the pseudoephedrine could be used as "legal tender" in the drug trade to purchase illicit drugs.

Ms Hennessy noted Fursman had 11 convictions for failing to appear in court since 1999.

She said he also had extensive criminal history for drug and weapons offences.

Fursman's application for bail was denied with his matters next due for mention on Monday.

EARLIER: A 50-year-old has been charged after guns, drugs, ammunition and suspected stolen property were seized in a raid on a Forest Glen property.

Sunshine Coast District Gang Squad officers had drug detection and firearms detection dogs with them when they searched the Old Maroochydore Rd property yesterday.

Police say more than 1000 rounds of ammunition were seized during a raid on a Forest Glen property.
Police say more than 1000 rounds of ammunition were seized during a raid on a Forest Glen property. Stuart Cumming

They allegedly found a dismantled sawn-off shotgun hidden in an air compressor and a loaded .357 handgun hidden under a bed as well as about 200g of pseudoephedrine tablets and other items consistent with methamphetamine production.

There were also power tools suspected of being stolen property.

Officer-in-charge Acting Senior Sergeant Wade Lee said there also appeared to be more than 1000 rounds of ammunition.

"Any instances where firearms are located in an unlawful circumstance are concerning for police," Act Snr Sgt Lee said.

He said the property was known to police as being previously occupied by a Rebels motorcycle club gang member.

Police will allege the pseudoephedrine was a commercial quantity that could be produced into about 200g of methamphetamine.

The 50-year-old man was kept in custody overnight and was scheduled to Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.

Lesser charges were also laid against two 27-year-old women as well as a 34-year-old man at the property but they were not kept in custody.

Anyone with information can Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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