Three people were arrested and a sawn-off shotgun seized when a sedan was stopped near Newcastle on Monday.
Police from Newcastle City Local Area Command stopped the car in Marion Street, Shortland, about 3.10am and arrested a man and two women.
A shortened firearm, amphetamines and cash were seized when the car and occupants were searched. All three were then taken to Newcastle Police Station.
A 46-year-old man, from Maryland, was charged with possession of a shortened firearm. He was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Monday.
A 31-year-old woman, from Kotara, was charged with drug and traffic offences. She was granted conditional bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday November 30.
A 21-year-old woman from Bar Beach was released pending further inquiries.