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Man charged with concealed firearm in game console

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***Editor’s Note: Images of the hidden firearms area available through Hightail.***

A man from Yangoona was charged by the AFP yesterday (June 30, 2022) with multiple offenses related to the alleged importation of firearms and drugs.

The investigation began on October 13, 2021, when Australian Border Force (ABF) agents at the Sydney Gateway Facility examined a shipment from the US addressed to a package pick-up location in western Sydney.

A fully operational Glock style pistol was found hidden with a game console.

Further investigation into the case by the AFP identified the 20-year-old man as the alleged coordinator of the import, and linked him to the attempted importation of 500 grams of cannabis on August 7, 2021 and seven grams of cocaine on September 26, 2021.

AFP, ABF and NSW police officers executed a search warrant at the man’s home on November 5, 2021, confiscating multiple communication devices, false identity documents and cannabis.

Detective Sergeant Matthew Veraguth said it is a priority for police to keep illegal firearms off the streets because of the dangers they pose in the hands of criminals.

“Thanks to the joint efforts of AFP and our partners, we have been able to protect our community from the far-reaching consequences that could have occurred if the weapon had found its way to the perpetrator,” said Det-Sgt Veraguth.

“The AFP will continue to work with our law enforcement partners across the country to identify illegal imports and prevent them from getting into the hands of dangerous criminals.”

ABF Commander of Trade and Travel Operations East Sue Drennan said her team remains vigilant for illegal imports of firearms to ensure criminals do not have the opportunity to endanger civilians.

“The ABF works tirelessly to protect the community by tackling the illicit firearms trade with advanced analytical techniques and technology,” said Commander Drennan.

“We also continue to work closely with our partner agencies to disrupt criminal syndicates seeking to infiltrate supply chains seeking to import illegal firearms and firearms components into Australia.”

The man was suspected of the following facts:

attempted import of a substance, where the substance is a border-controlled drug, namely cannabis, in violation of Articles 11.1(1) and 307.4(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); attempted importation of a substance, where the substance is a border-controlled drug, namely cocaine, in violation of Articles 11.1(1) and 307.4(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); an attempt to import a tier 2 good, namely a firearm, in violation of Article 233BAB, paragraph 5, of the Customs Act 1901 (Cth), on the basis of Article 11.1, paragraph 1, of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) ; an attempt to acquire a firearm, in violation of Section 50(a) of the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW), under Section 51CA of the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW); and possession of a substance, where the substance is a controlled drug, namely cannabis, in violation of Article 308.1(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth) Media investigations:

AFP National Media: (02) 5126 9297

ABF Media: (02) 6264 2211

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