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Suspect stockpiled illegal firearms and explosives

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Law enforcement identified a suspect who appeared to be importing components used to build or modify a prohibited type of assault rifle. Authorities used AUSTRAC information to identify the suspect's online payment account and other associated financial activity.

The suspect was arrested and charged with various firearms offences.

Law enforcement consulted a number of data sources including the AUSTRAC database to further their investigation. AUSTRAC identified the suspect's online payment account and other associated financial activity. Once this account information was identified, law enforcement approached the relevant online payment providers to obtain the suspect's account details and other identifying information.

AUSTRAC information revealed that, over a five-year period, the suspect had sent approximately 160 low-value international funds transfer instructions (IFTIs) totalling AUD15,500. All IFTIs were below AUD1,000 and were sent via an online payment service to various overseas destinations.

The information provided by AUSTRAC, along with data from other sources, enabled law enforcement officers to obtain a search warrant for the suspect's residence.

During the search law enforcement seized two revolvers, a sawn-off shotgun, a rifle, various parts for assault rifles and other assorted gun parts, most of which had been imported illegally from overseas. The officers also found equipment to manufacture guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, body armour, machetes, three hand grenades, a claymore mine and an improvised explosive device.

The suspect was arrested and charged with various firearms offences under the Firearms Act 1996 (NSW) including possessing, using, storing and manufacturing firearms.

Offence Firearm importation
Customer Individual
Industry Remittance services
Channel Electronic
Report type IFTI
Jurisdiction International
Designated service Remittance services (money transfers)
Indicators Low-value international funds transfers
Last modified: 30/07/2015 15:35