Victorian man arrested for importing drugs, guns and other deadly devices

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A 41-year-old Victorian man has been arrested for the importation of a number of prohibited items, including air soft handguns, hand-held electric shock devices, extendable batons and push knives.

Australian Border Force (ABF) and Victoria Police officers executed a warrant at his Somerville residence on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula on Friday morning where they located 100 grams of suspected MDMA and methamphetamines.

 The ABF investigation began after several consignments were examined by officers at the international mail facilities in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth all addressed to the man.

ABF Investigations Commander Graeme Grosse, commended the work of ABF officers and their law enforcement counterparts.

“The Australian Border Force is aware and will investigate any individuals who look to recklessly ignore our import laws on illicit weapons,” Commander Grosse said.

“These laws are in place to protect the community from dangerous goods and the ABF, in cooperation with our law enforcement counterparts, are determined to enforce them.”

Victoria Police Detective Busuttil from the Southern Division 4 Divisional Response Unit said it was a successful operation. 

“We will continue to cooperate with Australian Boarder Force to detect prohibited imports to reduce harm in the community,” Detective Busuttil said.

ABF officers charged the man with importing Tier 2 goods in contravention of Section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901.

Victoria Police also laid numerous charges:

  • 21 x Import prohibited weapon
  • 3 x Possess drug of dependence
  • 1 x possess imitation firearm
  • 1 x traffic drug of dependence
  • 1 x possess prohibited weapon
  • 1 x possess article to manufacture a drug of dependence

The 41-year-old has been remanded to appear at Frankston Magistrates’ Court on 16 July.

Source: Australian Border Force