An Adelaide man was made to do 28 days in quarantine after returning from overseas, only to be arrested over an alleged discovery of gun parts in his luggage.
The 54-year-old returned from the US on July 13 and had his bags searched at Sydney airport, the Australian Border Force said.
Officers allegedly found “a number of firearms parts” in the luggage that could be used to assemble a handgun.
While the man was completing his mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine in Sydney, the ABF searched his home and business in Adelaide.
The officers allegedly found “a number of illegal firearm parts” and equipment that could be used to make weapons, the border force said.
Camera IconThe ABF allegedly found gun parts in the man’s luggage. NCA NewsWire / Flavio Brancaleone Credit: News Corp Australia
After the man came out of hotel quarantine in Sydney, he was made to do another two weeks of home quarantine in Adelaide because of the South Australian government’s coronavirus restrictions on NSW arrivals.
The man completed his quarantine period on Wednesday and was promptly arrested and charged by the ABF with transporting firearm parts.
Since then, South Australian police have also charged the man with 50 state firearms offences, including illegal possession of firearms, possessing a silencer and manufacture of firearms.
The man was granted bail and has been scheduled for a court appearance in October.
“The ABF works under difficult circumstances with Covid; however, our officers continue to keep our borders safe through detecting the importation of dangerous items such as this handgun,” ABF Chief Superintendent Operations South Australia Andrew Dawson said.
“The ABF will continue to work with South Australia Police to investigate and prosecute those who choose to engage in this type of criminal activity.”Internet Explorer Channel Network