Melbourne man arrested for importing 6000 weapons

Joint media release with Victoria Police

A warrant executed by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) with the support of Victoria Police has led to the arrest of a 43-year-old Thomastown man today for importing various prohibited weapons.

The investigation began when ACBPS officers at the Melbourne Container Examination Facility intercepted a shipment from China based on intelligence provided by Victoria Police.

The container was searched after irregularities were noticed in an x-ray. During the search ACBPS officers found over 6000 knuckledusters, electric shock devices and extendable batons.

Following the seizure, ACBPS officers, with support from Victoria Police, today (1 May 2014) executed a managed delivery to the consignee’s address.

ACBPS Regional Commander Victoria, Mr Graham Krisohos, said the community was safer with such dangerous weapons off our streets.

“There is no place for these weapons in our communities or on our streets,” Mr Krisohos said.

“This action today should warn others who may be tempted to endanger our community by importing such items; that only thing you’ll receive is law enforcement attention.”

Victoria Police Inspector Darren Franks said the result achieved today may not have been possible without a tip-off from the public.

“This fantastic result comes after a diligent member of the community had to foresight to inform police of their knowledge,” Inspector Franks said.

“Our community has an expectation that Victoria Police will follow up with intelligence they provide and today we have showed our commitment and dedication to do that.

“Victoria Police will continue to build its intelligence holdings and work in partnership with our key stakeholders such as Customs and Border Protection to ensure dangerous weapons such as those seized during this operation do not make it on to our streets”.

The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of up to $425,000 and/or up to 10 years gaol time.

People with any information about the importation of such items should contact Customs Watch on 1800 06 1800. Information can be provided anonymously. Alternatively anyone can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au

Media enquiries:

ACBPS Media: (02) 6275 6793
Victoria Police Media: (03) 9247 5206

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