Australian Border Force investigators have arrested a 34-year-old Adelaide man for multiple importations of imitation handguns and soft air firearms.
Investigations began after an imitation firearm was detected in an air cargo consignment that arrived in Adelaide in June 2018. A further 21 importations of soft air and imitation firearms were detected and are alleged to be linked to the man.
Investigators executed search warrants at Port Adelaide and Pooraka residences on Tuesday 14 August, seizing further imitation firearms and have since charged the man with importing prohibited goods.
The man was charged under section 233BAB(1)(a) of the Customs Act – Import Tier Two goods. He appeared in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court again yesterday (15 August 2018), making no application for bail. He is scheduled to reappear in late November. The offence carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and/or 2500 penalty units.
ABF Investigations Commander Graeme Grosse said the ABF is committed to stopping imitation handguns and soft air firearms from entering the country.
“These firearms are very realistic, and make it very difficult to distinguish from a genuine gun, this is why we will seize and investigate those attempting to import these,” Commander Grosse said.
“People need to be aware of the regulations around importing these items into Australia and that the ABF will investigate and take action against anyone found to be illicitly bringing them into the country.”