In an Intelligence-led operation on Thursday in Enterprise, officers recovered a modified 9 mm pistol which they said can cause multiple deaths if used in an open public space.
The discovery has been described as "worrying" and as a result, police officers are asking members of the public who may have information as to the person or persons behind the weapon to contact them immediately, as they fear that there may be more like it out on the streets.
According to police sources, just before 6 pm on Thursday a team of police officers from the Guard and Emergency Branch acted on intelligence received and went to a bushy area at Madoo Street, where they found the concealed weapon loaded with 44 rounds of ammunition.
Police said it had been modified with a fully extended magazine, to utilize the additional ammunition, as well as, an automatic feature.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 555, 999, 800 TIPS or text/WhatsApp 482 GARY.
Investigations are continuing.
Story by RHONDOR DOWLAT-ROSTANT