Australian Border Force (ABF) investigators have arrested a 33-year-old man after two shipments containing blank fire pistols were intercepted at the Sydney Gateway Facility (SGF) for international mail.

The operation began when ABF officers at the SGF detected anomalies in x-ray images of two separate packages on 16 August 2017 and 23 August 2017, destined for the same address in south west Sydney. The packages arrived from the United States and upon further inspection revealed that one contained a blank fire pistol and the second package contained 75 rounds of blank fire ammunition.

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Seized firearm / ABF arrests man for importing firearms Photo ABF

ABF investigators assisted by the Australian Federal Police conducted a search warrant at a residential address in Condell Park on 31 August where they arrested the man and charged him with Importing Tier 2 goods, contrary to Section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901.

The man faced Bankstown Local Court on 31 August 2017 and was refused bail. He is due to appear in Downing Centre Local Court on 6 September 2017.

Acting Commander ABF Investigations, Garry Low said the ABF is committed to stopping those who try and import firearms into Australia.

“ABF officers have the skills and technology to detect these threats at the border and the resources to fully investigate those who attempt to import them,” said Acting Commander Low.

“This is a great result for investigators, and highlights the frontline ability of the ABF to intercept and seize all types of weapons that could be used to commit violent crimes in the community.”

Importing firearms without a permit is a serious offence. Penalties include imprisonment for up to ten years and/or fines of up to $525,000.

If you have any information which could help prevent gun smuggling, report it to Border Watch on 1800 06 1800, information can be provided anonymously.