More than 300 prohibited weapons have been seized by officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF) in Townsville after they executed a warrant on a residential property on January 10 2018.
The activity followed a lengthy investigation by the ABF linking the residential address in question to previous prohibited weapon import attempts.
ABF Townsville District Commander Bronwen Robinson said the seized items comprised a variety of weapon types.
“In total, 316 items were seized, including BB guns, knuckle dusters, blow pipes and an assortment of Hit man knives,” District Commander Robinson said.
“The alleged importer, a male who was located at the property, has previously been linked to the prohibited import of items such as automatic knives, knuckle dusters and trench knives.
“ABF plays a critical role is safeguarding the Australian community. These weapons, had they found their way onto the streets of Townsville, may well have been involved in violent crimes and other antisocial and criminal behaviour.
“As such we will vigorously investigate and pursue any individual attempting to illegally import such items. These attempts are illegal under the Customs Act, and consideration is now being given as to what charges he may face,” District Commander Robinson said.
District Commander Robinson also praised the significant assistance from Queensland Police.
“In law enforcement, we get strong results when we all work together. We enjoy a strong and effective relationship with Queensland Police, and their intelligence and logistics support for this operation was pivotal to its success,” District Commander Robinson said.
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