Additional man charged as a result of Operation Middleham
Friday, 27 May 2016
A 25-year-old Melbourne man has been charged by the Victorian Joint Counter-Terrorism Team today on suspicion of potential offences against the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act, specifically those concerning incursions into foreign countries to engage in hostile activities.
The man has been remanded in custody, and is scheduled to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later today.
Earlier this month, five Melbourne men were each charged with one count of making preparations for incursions into foreign countries for the purpose of engaging in hostile activities, contrary to section 119.4 of the Criminal Code (Cth), as part of this investigation.
These men were extradited from Queensland to Melbourne, and subsequently remanded to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 22 September 2016. Today’s arrest relates to that investigation.
The primary focus of this operation has been, and remains, to keep Australians safe.
There is no current or impending threat of a terrorist act to the Australian community arising from this investigation.
Police continue to encourage the public to report any suspicious activity they see or hear to the National Security Hotline on 1800 123 400 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police search for missing Footscray man Van Bua Nguyen
Police are renewing their appeal to the public to help locate missing 20-year-old man Van Bua Nguyen.
Van Bua Nguyen was reported missing by an educational facility in Bourke Street, Melbourne after he failed to attend a course he enrolled in last year.
Investigators have been told that Van Bua Nguyen was last seen in October and has had no contact with friends or family since that time.
Police have concerns for his welfare due to the length of time that he has been missing but don’t believe that his disappearance is suspicious.
Van Bua Nguyen is described as Asian, 165cm tall, with a thin build and short dark hair.
Police have released a photo of Van Bua Nguyen in the hope someone may know his current whereabouts
Police believe Van Bua Nguyen may be working in the Wonthaggi area picking fruit.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is urged to contact Melbourne Crime Investigation Unit
Police search for Michael Sanders
Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing man Michael Sanders.
The 57-year-old was last seen leaving his work address on South Road, Moorabbin about 4.45pm on Monday 23 May.
Police have concerns as Michael’s disappearance is considered out of character and he has not made any contact with family or friends since Monday.
Michael may be driving a silver VW Polo sedan with registration plates YCF 968.
He is described as 175cm tall with a medium build, fair complexion, dark greying hair and blue eyes.
Investigators have released an image of Michael in the hope that someone knows his current whereabouts.
Anyone who sees Michael is urged to contact Mornington Police on 5970 4900.
Chanel Davison wanted on warrant
Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Chanel Davison.
The 19-year-old woman is wanted by police in relation to an outstanding warrant for failing to appear at court.
Investigators have released an image of Davison in the hope someone may recognise her or have information on his current whereabouts.
She is described as being Caucasian in appearance, 170cm tall, thin build, straight blonde hair, and blue eyes.
Davison is known to frequent the Caulfield, Box Hill, Glen Waverley, and Northcote areas.
Anyone who sights Davison is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
Thousands of cigarettes seized at Melbourne Airport
Wednesday, May 25 2016
Australian Border Force (ABF) officers have seized almost 50,000 cigarettes which were allegedly smuggled into Australia by a Chinese national.
The officers selected the 60-year-old man for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from China on Sunday (22 May).
During an examination of the man’s baggage the officers allegedly located 49,120 cigarettes, which would have a duty payable of $29,524.
Acting ABF Regional Commander Victoria/Tasmania Glenn Scutts said this seizure highlighted the ongoing work undertaken by the ABF to combat tobacco smuggling.
“Undeclared cigarettes pose a risk given the unknown source of the tobacco and are a clear attempt to defraud Australian taxpayers of legitimate tax revenue,” Commander Scutts said.
“The ABF takes very seriously any revenue evading attempt and this seizure should serve as a warning to anyone involved in this type of activity – it is only a matter of time before you will be caught. This is a timely reminder to passengers arriving in Australia that we have strict laws which outline the quantity of cigarettes and tobacco which can be imported for personal use.”
The maximum penalty for tobacco smuggling is up to 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to five times the amount of duty evaded.
Investigations into this seizure are ongoing.