SYDNEY: Two men have been charged after a package containing a gun and disguised as a computer hard drive was stopped by the Australian customs.
The men have been charged with attempting to import an illegal firearm. Australian Federal Police seized the .22 Caliber Sig Saur pistol and magazine after examining a package declared to contain a hard drive posted from the USA. “The public should rightly be concerned that such items are being posted through international mail,” said cargo operations manager Jagtej Sing.
Manager Crime Operations Jennifer Hurst said, “The importation of firearms into Australia is a serious crime and the community should be aware that the AFP and Customs and Border Protection will continue to work together to stop illegal importations, including those through the postal system.”
Both men face a possible maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and $125,000 fine.