An alleged member of the Brothers 4 Life gang arrested last month after police discovered firearms and ammunition inside his Barrack Heights home has indicated he will fight the charges at a court hearing.
Shaun Anthony Lamont, 30, appeared via video link in Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday, where he entered not guilty pleas to nine charges stemming from a police raid on his home on April 19 – just hours after he was served with a firearms prohibition order during a vehicle stop by officers attached to Strike Force Raptor South.
Police will allege they discovered three sets of nunchaku and a spring-actuated flick knife – both prohibited weapons – at the home, along with an imitation pistol in the kitchen and a firearm magazine.
Officers also allegedly discovered a cache of ammunition inside the home, including 39 Winchester rifle rounds, 50 12-gauge shotgun shells and a collection of pistol rounds.
Shaun Lamont’s younger brother Nathan Lamont was found in the backyard of the home during the search. Police allegedly uncovered another imitation pistol and a vial of steroid in his bedroom.
He was arrested two months later after he was picked up speeding and drink-driving in the early hours of June 10.
The 28-year-old was charged with firearms offences stemming from the April raid, as well as mid-range drink driving and exceeding the speed limit by more than 30kmh.
He fronted court on Tuesday as well where he pleaded guilty to the driving offences but not guilty to the firearms charges.
Meantime, Shaun Lamont, who opted not to be present during the April police search, was arrested at a home in Albion Park Rail in July after two months on the run and remanded in custody.
Both men were supported in court on Tuesday by family members.
Their cases were adjourned until later this month.