Performance-enhancing drugs, a flick knife, air pistols and illicit tobacco were found and seized by ABF and NSW police during the raids in Ashcroft and Greenacre on Monday.
It’s the result of investigations that were launched in mid June, when a man and woman arrived into Sydney International Airport from Lebanon via Dubai.
The man’s baggage contained the 17 undeclared ballistic vests and a black hoodie featuring an Islamic creed known as the Shahada, while two more vest were found in unaccompanied baggage.
Assistant Commissioner Investigations Steve Lancaster said the ABF was ready to protect Australia from organised crime and terrorism.
“As this operation shows, ABF work does not stop at the physical border and those involved in illicit importation can also expect a knock on the door from an ABF investigator,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
The maximum penalty associated for importing undeclared ballistic vests is a fine of $170,000.
Australian Border Force Seize 17 Illegal Bullet Proof Vests And Hoodie With Islamic Logo In Raid At Greenacre And Ashcroft
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Thursday, July 16, 2015
From the Daily Telegraph (Australia):