Police seize homemade machine guns and 3D printer in raids

POLICE say they have seized home made machine guns and a 3D printer in raids on the Gold Coast. 

Police say the raids took place on Friday at homes in Oxenford, Maudsland, Broadbeach Waters and Robina as well as two businesses in Nerang. 

They led officers to find a large scale weapons production facility, including four fully automatic sub machine guns, silencers and drugs - including a lab capable of producing commercial quantities of the drug Ice. 

Five people have been charged. 

Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Drug and Serious Crime Group, State Crime Command credited the officers involved in the invesitgation which led to the raids. 

"The closure of this operation is a testament to good solid police work, including the use of a number of strategies to identify the extent of this network and to locate the offenders. We believe we have closed down a relatively sophisticated drug and firearms trafficking network distributing large quantities of methylamphetamine across the Gold Coast.

"The weapons seized are yet to be tested however weapons of this type have the capacity to fire hundreds of rounds of ammunition a minute. In the wrong hands they present as a significant threat to the public,"