Trio charged over big weapons stash home for Christmas

A 69-YEAR-OLD Monto man and his two middle-aged sons, who were at the centre of Queensland's largest weapons seizure, will spend Christmas at home.

Dressed in jeans, western-style work shirts and carrying their Akubra hats in their hands, Rodney Donald Collard, Donald Frederick Collard and Stephen Noel Collard made a brief appearance in the Biloela Magistrates Court on Wednesday, charged with unlawful possession of 10 or more weapons, with at least five being classified weapons.

Police find huge stash of firearms, four tonnes of ammo

Police prosecutor Nina Sulzer said the crown was waiting on ballistics testing to be completed in Brisbane and asked for the matter to be adjourned.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove adjourned the matter for mention in Biloela's Magistrates Court on March 26 and released the Collards on bail.

The three men were charged with weapons' offences after more than 328 high-powered military grade weapons and 4.2 tonnes of ammunition were uncovered during a massive police search operation at their Monto property on November 25.

Rodney Donald Collard also had four counts of failing to provide information about cattle movements and seven counts of travelling stock without a completed waybill adjourned until March 26 next year.


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