A Gold Coast man has been charged with allegedly trying to import a kilogram of heroin into Queeensland.
The 20-year-old man from Robina was charged following a joint investigation between the Australia Federal Police, Border Force and Queensland Police.
ABF officers in Sydney detected the heroin in a package that was sent through the international mail stream, before raiding the man’s home in Robina on Monday.
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During the search, police allegedly uncovered a .22 calibre pistol with silencer, a sawn-off 410 shotgun, ammunition, $42 650 in cash, and quantities of MDMA and cocaine.
The man was arrested and has since been charged with 10 offences including importing a marketable quantity of heroin, possessing marketable quantities of border controlled drugs, possessing proceeds of crime, possession of unlicensed weapons, possession of a shortened weapon and possession of a silencer.
He appeared at the Southport Magistrates Court yesterday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Brad Phelps from the Crime and Intelligence Command’s Drug and Serious Crime Group said “the nature of this alleged offending is very concerning” and that investigations are continuing into possible criminal group links.
“Removing drugs and weapons such as these from the community is particularly important due to the harm they cause,” Detective Senior Sergeant Brad Phelps said.
“I encourage anyone with information relating to persons involved in drug trafficking, money laundering and unlawful possession of weapons to contact Crime Stoppers”.
Investigators allege the heroin seized has an estimated street value in excess of $500 000.