A man has been charged with 22 offences following investigations into the alleged importation of a firearm silencer.
Earlier this month, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers inspected a package which arrived into Sydney from China.
The package was x-rayed, and after ABF officers noted an inconsistency, it was inspected further and found to contain a firearm silencer.
The matter was referred to the NSW Police Force and the package was seized. Detectives from Liverpool City Police Area Command’s Criminal Investigations Unit commenced an investigation into the alleged import.
Following inquiries, with assistance from South West Metropolitan Region Operation Support Group, a 38-year-old man was arrested by investigators at a house in Peri Court, Wattle Grove, about 7.30am yesterday (Friday 29 January 2021).
A short time later, a search warrant was executed at the home, where investigators seized six firearms, five gel-blaster guns, firearm parts, 43 rounds of ammunition and shotgun shells.
Police also seized cocaine, $63,000 cash and approximately $150,000 worth of jewellery, including designer watches. All items will undergo further examination.
The man was taken to Liverpool Police Station and charged with 22 offences;
- Attempt import prohibited weapon
- Possess unauthorised firearm
- Supply prohibited drug
- Possess unauthorised prohibited firearm (x6)
- Possess unregistered firearm (x6)
- Not keep firearm safely-not prohibited firearm
- Possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority (x3)
- Possess more than three unregistered firearms
- Deal with proceeds of crime, money/property (x2)
He was refused bail to appear before Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 30 January 2021).