Firearms and Firearm Components Seized

Officers from the WA Police Force’s Licensing Services, Compliance and Inquiry Team and the Australian Border Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Helena Valley. The search warrant was executed as part of an investigation into the importation of items used in the manufacture of firearms, as well as the procurement of large amount of manufacturing tools.

It will be alleged the following items were seized during the search warrant:

  • Five x home-made silencers
  • Nine x steel barrels comprising of various ...
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Pair Jailed Over 18kg Methamphetamine Import

Two Adelaide men have each been sentenced to 12 years jail over a plot to import 18 kilograms of methamphetamine, worth up to $7 million, hidden in 4WD winches from Malaysia.

The South Australia National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) launched an investigation into one of the men in February 2019, after Australian Border Force officers at Perth Airport examined his phone when he returned from a Bali holiday and found images of cash and what appeared to be illicit drugs.

The NAGS – ...

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Get in Early for your Christmas Shopping to Avoid Headaches!

Aussies are being warned not to leave their Christmas shopping until the last minute as retailers continue to grapple with supply chain issues.

The Australian Retailers Association, which represents more than 50,000 shopfronts, urged shoppers to plan early to avoid disappointment.

Australian Retailers Association chief executive Paul Zahra said tightened Covid restrictions in China and the temporary closure of one of the world’s busiest ports has prompted deep concern about the further impact on global supply chains.

“Supply chain issues have been an ...

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Man’s Attempt to Import $8 Million Worth of Illicit Cigarettes

The investigation began after ABF officers detected approximately 800 hidden boxes of cigarettes in a sea cargo consignment at Port Botany. The goods had been declared as ‘brake shoe’. A deconstruction of the content of the shipping container revealed almost eight million illicit cigarettes, which had a total Customs duty payable of more than $8 million.

Members of the AFP, NSW Police Force and ABF executed multiple search warrants in the Sydney suburbs of Bankstown, Bass Hill, Cecil Hills and Kemps ...

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Khapra Beetle Phase 3 Measures: New Requirements for High-Risk Plant Products Imported via All Commercial Pathways

The Department of Agriculture, Water and The Environment has issued import industry advice notice 177-2021 regarding Khapra Beetle phase 3 measures.

Phase 3 of the khapra beetle urgent actions will commence on 30 September 2021. To reduce the risk of khapra beetle entering Australia, new import conditions will apply to high-risk plant products exported on or after 30 September 2021. Import conditions will differ depending on the country of export.

Note: The new ...

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Man Arrested For Importing Firearms and Firearms Parts

A 54 year old man has been arrested in Adelaide after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers located undeclared firearm parts concealed within his baggage on return to Australia from the United States of America.

Upon his return to Australia, the South Australian man was subject to a baggage examination by ABF officers at Sydney Airport, following forensic intelligence received from the Australian Federal Police.

During the baggage examination, officers located a number of firearms parts that would enable the assembly of a complete ...

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American Airlines Suspends Australian Cargo and Passenger Flights for 2 Months

American Airlines (AA) has announced the suspension of passenger and cargo flights into Australia for the months of September and October, below is the notice from the airline.

“Dear Agents

You are no doubt aware that American Airlines announced in July they would be suspending their passenger flights into Australia for a period of 2 months effective 01 September. This decision was a result of the reduced passenger capacity into Australia due to Covid-19 and the removal of flight crew wage subsidies ...

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Increased Online Spending, Demand, Congestion, the Busiest Ports in the World and How the Shipping Industry is Handling the Pandemic

17/08/21

Today over 750 million containers – measured in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) – are moved through almost 900 container ports across 141 countries each year. With the pandemic increasing the amount of time spent at home through lockdowns, this has resulted in a pandemic-led boom in online shopping for the option of next day delivery in high demand.

According to data from the United Nations, in Australia, the online retail sales were $13.5 billion in 2018 and in 2020 this ...

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Methamphetamine Found in Mail Import, 62 Year Old Man Charged

A 62-year-old WA man has been charged after authorities intercepted approximately five kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in a package from the United States.

Australian Border Force officers (ABF) in Perth found the illicit drugs after they examined a package described as documents. The box contained multiple A4 envelopes and 21 of those allegedly had a package containing a white substance hidden between sheets of paper. Testing of the substance returned a positive result for methamphetamine.

The consignment was referred to ...

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Meidong Container Terminal in China Suspends Operations Over Single Covid-19 Case

12/08/21

Operations at Ningbo terminal have been suspended following a single case of Covid-19. Ningbo-Zhoushan port has started to turn ships away in the wake of the positive nucleic test. The worker resides in a dormitory and tested negative on the 8th, before being retested on the 10th of August.

Initially, the ports authority claimed that its operating system was down early yesterday morning before the Ningbo Municipal Health Commission came out with the news. The infected worker was ...

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