Man charged with multiple firearms offences
A 34-year-old man has been charged with multiple offences relating to the illegal importation of firearm parts into Australia after joint warrant activity between Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators and Victoria Police.
Officers from the ABF, Victoria Police Armed Crime Squad, Mildura Crime Investigation Unit and Mildura Divisional Response Unit, along with two ABF detector dogs, targeted two properties at Mildura in Victoria after a number of firearm parts were intercepted in international mail items.
During the search officers located numerous firearms parts, amounts of heroin and methamphetamine, a large amount of cash and a 3D printer allegedly being used to make firearms parts.
The man was charged with three counts of importing handgun parts without permission, contrary to section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 190. He also faces numerous charges relating to the manufacture, possession and supply of illegal firearms.
It’s the second time in three months the man has been charged by the ABF and Victoria Police. In November 2016 he was granted bail on eight counts of importing handgun parts without permission, contrary to section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901.
ABF Commander Investigations Mark Antill praised the continued work of ABF officers.
"This is another significant result for our investigators and demonstrates the ABFs commitment to detecting illicit firearms at the border and working with our state law enforcement counterparts", commander Antill said.
“Through these ongoing joint efforts we are protecting our community by preventing dangerous weapons such as these from reaching our streets and potentially being used in violent crimes”.
The man faced court Mildura Magistrates Court on 9 February and was remanded in custody to 11 May 2017.
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