POLICE have seized hundreds of steroid tablets, a Taser, a stockpile of assault rifles and firearms, and a stash of child exploitation material after raiding two properties on the Gold Coast yesterday.
Detectives from Taskforce Maxima and the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service executed the search warrants after parcels containing weapon parts and other illicit materials were detected at the Brisbane International Mail centre and the Sydney Gateway Facility, addressed to properties at Varsity Lakes and Ormeau.
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Officers allegedly located approximately 500 steroid tablets, a quantity of steroid liquid and a Taser device at the Varsity Lakes address and a stash of weapons and child exploitation material at the Ormeau address.
The weapons allegedly located at a Ormeau address included a M4 A1 Carbine, Heckler & Kosh G36, a G5K, a Walther P99, a PKA semi automatic pistol and a replica Desert Eagle pistol.
A 42-year-old Ormeau man has been charged with three counts of importation of a tier two prohibited import under the Customs Act 1901, two counts of unlawful possession of weapons (Category H & R); and one count each of unlawful possession of explosives and possession of child exploitation material. He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on April 28.
A 33-old-male from Varsity lakes has been charged with one count each of unlawful possession of a weapon (Taser) and possession of dangerous drugs (steroids). He is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on April 17.
Detective Inspector Brendan Smith of Taskforce Maxima said the arrests were another great example of Queensland Police working in conjunction with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.
“We will be relentless in our efforts in taking weapons and drugs off Queensland streets. Every person we take action against relating to child exploitation material makes the community safer for our children. Task Force Maxima will use every available resource to target criminal gangs and their networks; we will target them for any criminal activity, anywhere in Queensland,” Detective Inspector Smith said.