Australian Border Force investigators have arrested a 34-year-old man for illegally importing handgun parts following the execution of a search warrant at the man’s Mildura residence yesterday.
With the support of Victoria Police, ABF investigators conducted a search warrant at the man’s premises after detecting a number of suspicious packages addressed to the man in the mail.
From 6 – 9 November 2016, ABF officers at the Melbourne Gateway Facility found seven separate packages addressed to the man that had been labelled as ‘toys’ or ‘model parts’, but instead contained firearm parts and handgun frames.
After detecting these packages sent from the US and Hong Kong, ABF investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s premises where they found a number of hand gun parts.
The ABF has charged the man with eight counts of importing handgun parts without permission, contrary to section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901, and one count of being in possession of handgun parts without permission, contrary to section 233(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1901.
ABF Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement Anthony Seebach congratulated the officers involved in the successful operation.
“Given the obvious danger that these handgun parts represent, once assembled, this is a great result for the safety of our community,” Commander Seebach said.
“Thanks to the expertise shown by our officers in the mail facility and the investigative team, the ABF has been able to stop dangerous firearms hitting our streets.”
If convicted, the man faces a significant fine and up to 10 years’ imprisonment, or both.
Media contact: Immigration and Border Protection (02) 6264 2244