Police have found a loaded gun in a car in western Lake Macquarie.
Officers from the Highway Patrol pulled over the Daihatsu Charade in Gardiner Street, Dora Creek yesterday afternoon.
The 30-year-old male driver allegedly returned a positive roadside drug test.
Officers then searched the car and allegedly found the gun along with stolen groceries.
He was taken to Toronto Police Station where he was charged with a string of offences including shoplifting and possessing a gun in a public place.
He's off to Newcastle Local Court today.