Australia Today: Warrant leads to seizure of weapons, drugs and cash in Reservoir, Victoria

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drugs illagal weaponsAn Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) warrant has led to the discovery of various weapons, illegal drugs, clandestine laboratory equipment, ammunition and cash.

ACBPS officers, with assistance from Victoria Police, executed the Customs warrant at a 37-year-old man’s address in Reservoir yesterday morning (10 June 2015) following an investigation.

Since March 2015, ACBPS officers at the Melbourne Gateway Facility intercepted 10 cargo consignments from the United States, Italy, Hong Kong and China containing prohibited weapons, including BB Rifles, Airguns and firearms related items. All items seized were identified as Tier 2 Goods controlled under the Customs Regulations 1926.

The June 10 warrant yielded extensive results, including the seizure of:

  • 24 prohibited bladed weapons
  • 13 BB guns
  • 2 Knuckledusters
  • Firearm parts
  • Fireworks
  • Approximately 7 grams Marijuana
  • Approximately 377 grams Heroin
  • 2 prohibited lasers
  • 9 handcuffs
  • 1 taser
  • machinery used to manufacture firearms, and
  • approximately $100,000 cash.

Victoria Police subsequently arrested the man and he was charged with a number of offences, including possessing proceeds of crime, trafficking a commercial quantity of heroin, possessing and using heroin, possessing and using cannabis, possessing a prohibited and controlled weapon, possessing an explosive substance and possessing fireworks while unlicensed.

The man will also face charges from ACBPS under section 233BAB of the Customs Act 1901.


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