Illegal Weapons Imports Seized

A man has been charged after an x-ray of imported parcels revealed 300 prohibited weapons including batons, knives and electronic control devices, which were seized by authorities.


A man has been charged by police after 300 prohibited weapons were seized following a referral from Australian Border Force (ABF). In November, detectives from the Eastern Beaches Drug Disruption Team in NSW commenced an investigation into the importation of prohibited weapons.

Between 18 November 2019 and 19 November 2019, the ABF intercepted seven cartons of material imported into Australia, addressed to the same individual. They were X-rayed by ABF officers, who noted anomalies in the X-ray image. The packages were found to contain a number of prohibited weapons, including knuckle dusters, butterfly knives and concealed knives.  

The detections were referred to NSW Police, who began an investigation under ‘Strike Force Twickenham.’ After further inquiries, officers executed a search warrant at a home in Alma Road, Maroubra (Sydney), on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

During the warrant, police located more than 250 weapons. These included extendable batons, tyre spikes, an electronic control device, a slingshot, a ballistic vest, two compound bows and arrows, and more than 200 knives of different varieties.

Acting on further information from ABF, police attached to Strike Force Twickenham seized a further 39 weapons from an ABF storage facility in Sydney. These weapons included electronic control devices, a slingshot and a variety of knives.  

The 49-year-old occupant has been charged with six counts of intentionally import prohibited tier-2 goods and seven counts of possession of prohibited weapons. He was granted conditional bail, to appear later at Waverley Local Court.

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