Cash, drugs and weapons seized on the Gold Coast
A 26-year-old Gold Coast man is facing a total of 13 charges under the Customs Act and the Queensland Drugs Misuse Act and Weapons Act, relating to drugs, firearms and explosives following a successful joint operation between the Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
On 20 December 2016, ABF officers at the International Mail Centre in Sydney intercepted a package addressed to the man containing a ‘folding stock’ firearm part. Further investigations revealed the man did not have permission to import firearm parts. Queensland Police confirmed that he was not a licensed firearm holder and that he did not currently own or possess any legal firearms.
On 2 February 2017, ABF and Detectives from the State Crime Command, Firearms and Cannabis Team executed warrants on a residential address in Benowa on the Gold Coast. During a search of the premises, a number of prohibited items were located. These included four firearms and ammunition, an air rifle, a large sum of cash, illicit drugs including cocaine and methamphetamine and drug utensils including ice pipes, bongs and digital scales.
The man was arrested on the premises by QPS Detectives and ABF Investigators and charged with 13 offences under the Queensland Drug Misuse and Weapons Acts and an additional charge under the Customs Act, for the importation of prohibited Tier 2 goods (folding stock).
State-based charges include possession of dangerous drugs, unlawful possessions of weapons and possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of an offence.
Acting Commander, ABF Immigration and Customs Enforcement Branch, Clint Sims said the operation is a great example of the two agencies working together to target illegal firearms.
“This operation had its genesis in an ABF intelligence-led intercept at the Sydney international mail facility. This intercept by our skilled border officers, combined with our incredibly close working relationship with Queensland Police, has led to this very successful outcome,” A/g Commander Sims said.
“Queensland Police and the Australian Border Force have a united message for those attempting to smuggle weapons through international mail.
“You can expect us to find these items and pursue you with the full force of the law. We are resolutely committed to cracking down on these attempts and protecting the Australian community,” A/g Commander Sims said.
The man is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on 27 February.
Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244