Department of Immigration and Border Protection - Australian Government

10/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/11/2019 12:04

Illicit Tobacco Taskforce detects more than 262 tonnes of tobacco

12-10-2019 - Australia's new Illicit Tobacco Taskforce (ITTF) has detected and seized more than 262 tonnes of illicit tobacco, with an estimated excise value of more than $270 million, since it was established in July 2018. The ITTF is a... Read More →



10-10-2019 - The Australian Border Force's (ABF) Detector Dog Program has been protecting Australia's borders for 50 years; an incredible achievement of continuous service that contributes to security at the border and the protection o... Read More →



09-10-2019 - A 40 year-old Australian citizen has been arrested and charged after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers at Perth Airport allegedly found him in possession of dozens of images depicting the sexual abuse of children. Read More →



07-10-2019 - A patched member of New Zealand's notorious Head Hunters outlaw motorcycle gang (OMCG) has been refused entry into Perth International Airport due to the risk he posed to the Australian community. The 36 year old man arrived... Read More →



01-10-2019 - The Illicit Tobacco Taskforce continues to detect and seize shipments of black market cigarettes attempting to be smuggled across the border. Between 21-25 September 2019 three separate detections were made in air cargo consignmen... Read More →



30-09-2019 - Australian and Indonesian maritime security and fisheries management agencies have completed Operation GANNET, a week-long joint patrol of the Timor Sea targeting illegal fishing and the movement of illicit goods. The Australian Borde... Read More →



27-09-2019 - Officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF) have located 10 foreign nationals working illegally on a large strawberry farm at Bambun, north of Perth. Seven were from Vietnam and three from Malaysia. One female and one male fro... Read More →



27-09-2019 - Maritime Border Command, a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force, and the Republic of Singapore Navy signed an agreement on Monday, 23 September to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the sharing and protection of information related... Read More →



26-09-2019 - Australian Border Force (ABF) officers have seized more than 123 tonnes of illicit tobacco at the border in just two months, after new regulations came into effect declaring the commodity a prohibited import. The 123 tonnes consisted ... Read More →



18-09-2019 - Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in Sydney have arrested two Malaysian nationals after detecting and preventing more than 1,200 kilograms of ephedrine from reaching illicit drug manufacturers and being used to produce 'ice... Read More →



17-09-2019 - Police have seized more than 40 firearms, illicit drugs and a hand grenade during a raid carried out on a Torbanlea property on September 13. The stash was uncovered after a search warrant was executed on the Kent Street premises ... Read More →



14-09-2019 - Officers from the Australian Border Force (ABF), with support from Queensland Police, executed a warrant on a residential property in Springfield Lakes south of Brisbane this week, arresting a 36-year-old man and seizing various items... Read More →



05-09-2019 - Australian Border Force (ABF) officers in Victoria have prevented the importation of 100 kilograms of prohibited precursor drugs from China. The precursor materials were intercepted at a parcel courier company in two 50 kilogram c... Read More →



03-09-2019 - Australian Border Force (ABF) officers have detected more than 650 kilograms of rough cut tobacco hidden in a shipment of floor tiles arriving in Australia by sea from China. On 30 August a consignment of tiles was targeted fo... Read More →



02-09-2019 - Law enforcement agencies across Australia have seized 475 firearms as part of a national week of action. Operation Athena is designed to target the trafficking and use of illicit firearms throughout Australia and involves all poli... Read More →



31-08-2019 - A 29 year old Indian man has been arrested at Melbourne Airport after allegedly attempting to import child pornography into Australia. On 25 August 2019, Australian Border Force (ABF) selected the man for a baggage examination after h... Read More →



30-08-2019 - A man is facing charges after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers discovered 25 kilograms of the precursor chemical pseudoephedrine concealed in several boxes of confectionary. On 22 August 2019, ABF officers targeted an air cargo ... Read More →



29-08-2019 - Australian authorities have seized 755kg of crystal methamphetamine (ice) hidden inside raw animal hides, stopping more than 7.5 million individual deals reaching Melbourne streets. A man allegedly involved with a Mexican-bas... Read More →



27-08-2019 - A 62-year-old Japanese woman is due to appear before Sydney's Central Local Court today after she allegedly attempted to import two kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in binders. The woman arrived at Sydney International Airpo... Read More →



24-08-2019 - A 35-year-old Australian man has been arrested and charged at Melbourne International Airport after Australian Border Force (ABF) officers found approximately 13 kilograms of pseudoephedrine in his luggage. The man was selected for a ... Read More →