UPDATE 5:15 AM FRIDAY | AN Australian Border Force investigation has led authorities to a house on the Gold Coast where they have questioned a man and seized a number of explosives and firearm parts.
Police blocked off streets as detectives and Border Force officers swooped on a house at Paradise Point about midday on Thursday.
In a statement to myGC last night, the Australian Border Force confirmed it executed a warrant at the address in relation to an ongoing investigation into the illegal importation of firearms, parts and accessories.
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During a search of the Warrie Close property, officers allegedly located and seized a number of firearm parts, while members from the Defence Force were called in to identify and remove “items of explosive ordnance”.
An Australian man, identified by the ABF as a person of interest, was also questioned at the scene.
“A number of firearm parts were seized and one person of interest, a male Australian citizen, was interviewed by the ABF at the property,” a spokesperson from the Australian Border Force said.
“Members from Defence’s Joint Explosive Ordnance Support office attended at the request of Queensland Police, and assisted in the identification and recovery of a number of items of explosive ordnance.”
The Australian Border Force confirmed no arrests were made and said “no public safety risks were identified”.
FIRST at 1:20 PM THURSDAY | A BORDER Force operation is currently underway on the Gold Coast.
Australian Border Force officers swooped on a home at Paradise Point shortly after midday.
Queensland Police are also in attendance and have blocked both Maiala and Warrie Close.
“Police are everywhere and streets are in lockdown,” one resident told myGC.
“They have blocked both Maiala Close and Warrie Close, off Sundown Drive.”
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident were not immediately known.
Authorities were still on the scene at the time of writing.
Australian Border Force has been contacted for comment.
No further information was available at the time of writing.
— Nick Kelly (@njkelly9) July 4, 2019