Pair charged after echidna and firearms found in Marburg home

A live echidna will be returned to its home and two people have been charged with a string of offences following the search of a property near Marburg.
On August 17, police from State Crime Command’s Firearms and Cannabis Team executed a search warrant at a Prenzlau address. During the search police located a number of weapons including four “pen guns” and a shortened .22 rifle.
Police also located a live female echidna being kept at the premises. It is an offence under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 to keep a protected animal and penalties can include a jail sentence.
Wildlife officers from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection moved the animal to a safe facility with the aim of releasing it back into the wild.
A carpet python was also seized from the property.
A 29-year-old man has been charged with 12 offences including unlawful possession of category H, A and R weapons,

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