Man charged with multiple firearms offences after joint operation
A 48-year-old man has been charged with a number of firearms offences after a successful joint operation between Australian Border Force (ABF) and New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF).
As a result of information received by NSWPF Firearms Squad, the man was stopped by ABF officers at Sydney International Airport after returning from the United States. During a search of his bags, officers located numerous weapons and firearms parts, including a trigger assembly, magazines and barrels.
Further investigations identified three international air cargo consignments addressed to the man containing more firearm parts.
ABF Investigators and Firearms Squad officers executed search warrants at properties in Nyngan and Dubbo and seized a number of firearms, other weapons and ammunition.
The man was arrested by ABF Investigators and charged with 4 offences under section 233BAB of the Customs Act 1901. NSW Police also later charged the man and his partner with possessing an unregistered firearm, possessing a prohibited firearm and improper storage of firearms and ammunition.
A/g Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement Branch, Clint Sims, said the operation is a great example of the two agencies working together to target illegal firearms.
“We work very closely with a number of federal, state and territory agencies to target firearms before, at and after the border,” A/g Commander Sims said.
“This collaboration results in strategic targeting and increased interception of attempted illegal imports.”
“Whether you’re smuggling weapons through international mail, through our airports, or any other border stream, you should expect that we will find these items and you should be prepared to face the consequences.”
NSWPF’s Firearms Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Mick Plotecki, commended the work of both agencies’ investigators in disrupting the illegal importation of firearms.
“It only takes one gun in the wrong hands to cause serious harm, and our greatest fear is always that an innocent bystander will pay the price of illegal guns on our streets,” Det Supt Plotecki said.
“Each time we seize an illegal firearm and stop it from reaching the hands of criminals, the community benefits.
“We will continue to work closely with our law enforcement colleagues, both here in Australia and overseas, to detect illegal guns being brought into the country,” Det Supt Plotecki said.
The man was granted bail and is scheduled to appear before Nyngan Court House on 29 March 2017.
Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244
NSW Police Force (02) 8835 8339