A 54 year old man has been arrested in Adelaide after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers located undeclared firearm parts concealed within his baggage on return to Australia from the United States of America.
Upon his return to Australia, the South Australian man was subject to a baggage examination by ABF officers at Sydney Airport, following forensic intelligence received from the Australian Federal Police.
During the baggage examination, officers located a number of firearms parts that would enable the assembly of a complete firearm.
ABF officers at Sydney Airport seized the items and referred the matter to ABF Investigations where teams in NSW and South Australia worked together to investigate the matter.
While the man was completing 14 days mandatory quarantine in Sydney, ABF Investigations in South Australia executed Customs Act 1901 search and seizure warrants on the man’s home and business premises in Adelaide.
Officers located a number of illegal firearm parts as well as firearm manufacturing equipment, which were referred to South Australia Police for investigation.
On his return to Adelaide, and following the completion of a further 14 days home quarantine having departed a designated COVID red zone in NSW, the man was arrested and charged by ABF Investigations.
ABF officers charged the man with the importation of Tier 2 goods, namely firearm parts, contrary to section S233 BAB (5) of the Customs Act 1901, an offence which can result in up to ten years imprisonment, significant financial penalties, or both.
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