A southeast Queensland man has been charged by counter terrorism police after a stockpile of weapons – including a modified rifle and homemade explosives – was found by a member of the public.
The stash, which included a heavily modified rifle, firearm parts, a silencer, ammunition, gunpowder and three improvised explosive devices, was found back in September of 2018, prompting a major investigation.
The Queensland Joint Counter Terrorism Team raided a home in Boreen Point on the Sunshine Coast on October 22, arresting a 56-year-old man.
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He has since been charged with three counts possessing weapons contrary to section 50 of the Weapons Act 1990, charges which carry a maximum penalty of seven years behind bars.
He is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Counter Terrorism and Special Investigations Scott Lee said the modified weapon and improvised explosives seized in this investigation were troubling.
“Improvised explosive devices in particular are highly dangerous and potentially lethal, not only to the people who are constructing them but also to the public at large should they be used,” Assistant Commissioner Lee said.
“The primary objective of the QLD JCTT is to protect the community, and while there was no specific threat planned in this instance the investigators should be very proud of taking these weapons and explosive devices off the streets.”
Assistant Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon, Queensland Police Service Security and Counter Terrorism Command said joint agency collaboration and investigation is critical to securing results such as these.
“The Queensland Police Service remains committed to working with our partner state and federal agencies to keep the community safe,” Assistant Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon said.
Investigations are continuing.