Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force search Port Macquarie residence before laying charges | The Macleay Argus

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A Mid North Coast resident will face court on Wednesday, April 6, following a multi-agency investigation into online purchases of items allegedly used to make 3D-printed gun parts. Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers executed a search warrant, with the assistance of the Australian Border Force (ABF), at the 61-year-old’s home in Port Macquarie on March 3, 2022, where they found seized a 3D printer, two spools of filament, and several electronic devices, including cell phones, USB drives, SD cards, and laptops. AFP Digital Forensics examined the devices and allegedly found information on the man’s phone regarding the printing of firearms using a 3D printer and files on the SD card for a firearm. semi-automatic fire and a 3D printable assault rifle. Also read: Man has been charged with one count of possession of digital blueprints for the manufacture of a firearm contrary to Section 51F of the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW) . The maximum penalty for this offense is 14 years in prison. The man was released on bail with strict conditions on March 3 and is due to appear in Port Macquarie Local Court on April 6. AFP Detective A/Sergeant Nicole Whelan said the manufacture of 3D-printed guns posed a threat to community safety. “Collaborative work in the intelligence space between AFP and its law enforcement partners allows authorities to stay one step ahead of criminal entities, know their agendas and put an end to their illegal activities,” she said. “Intelligence officers play a critical role in identifying perpetrators, tracking their activities, providing evidence to aid in an arrest, and preventing future harm.” ABF Inspector Investigations NSW, Tony Wheatley, said the arrest was another positive result of inter-agency collaboration, targeting criminals trying to possess and manufacture illegal firearms. “This is a significant result for our investigators and shows that the ABF and our partner agencies are committed to protecting the Australian community by detecting and disrupting the illicit firearms trade,” Inspector Wheatley said. . AFP’s Taskforce Vanguard opened the investigation in January 2022 following intelligence from Project Adestria – a joint venture between AFP Forensic Intelligence, AUSTRAC and ABF to identify and disrupt illicit firearms activity. The Adestria Project identified online purchases of items that could be used in the construction of improvised gun silencers in April 2021. The purchases were believed to be linked to the 61-year-old Port Macquarie resident. Investigations continued with ABF officers examining a package in May 2021 described as ‘3D printer parts’, which contained various items including 3mm and 16mm inner diameter shaft collars and instructions for a 3D printable semi-automatic pistol caliber rifle. The Adestria Project has finalized its investigations and referred the matter to AFP Taskforce Vanguard in Eastern Command for further investigation. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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