A RANDOM police stop turned into a major bust when a man was found with $26,000 cash in his car in Calliope.

Almost $40,000, a handgun and drug utensils were found on a Mackay man; after police also searched his Mackay home.

The 34-year-old man was stopped on Saturday night at 6pm by police patrolling the Bruce Highway during the Calliope rodeo.

The $26,000 in cash was found in his car along with a set of scales and more than one meth pipe.

An illegal 22. calibre hand gun, a silencer and another $14,000 in cash was also found at the man's home shortly after.

Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said police were still trying to work out what the cash was to be used for, but hadn't ruled out links to drugs or illegal gambling.

The man had no obvious links to Calliope.

"It's not often people have that sort of currency lying around," Detective Senior Sergeant Peachey said.

The man has been charged with possession of drug utensils, possession of proceeds believed to be used in crime, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a restricted item - the silencer.

The man is expected to face Gladstone Magistrates court today.

The seizure follows a string of police busts in Calliope this year where drug labs have been found.

The latest was earlier this month when a 38-year-old man was charged with possessing dangerous drugs after a raid on a home in Oxford St.


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