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Drugs and illicit knives trafficked through Darwin airport

July 15, 2015 Airport, Headline News No Comments Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59Knuckle dusters, live ammunition, pepper spray and rifle bolts are among the dangerous array of prohibited and controlled items seized at Darwin International Airport over the past year.A report in the NT News also mentioned that many credit card knives, of the sort that featured in a recent Australian Federal Police (AFP) alert, had been found. See: You call that a knife? Credit card size weapon threatens aircrafthttp://www.eastinhotelsresidences.com/specialoffers-en.html

The AFP responded to over 2000 reported security-related incidents at Darwin International Airport over the period, the newspaper said. They included drug running, assaults and passengers travelling under assumed identities, or using false information. The period under review ran from 1 July 2014 to 20 June 2015.

The penalty for possessing a controlled weapon without a lawful excuse in the NT is a fine not exceeding AUD 30,600 or up to one year’s imprisonment. The penalty for possessing a prohibited weapon in the NT is a fine not exceeding AUD 61,200 or up to two years in the slammer.

Most prohibited items seized in Darwin were picked up as travellers passed through  security screening checkpoints, an AFP spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, on the credit-card knife front, the AFP is working with eBay to have ads selling cheap credit card knives taken down from the site permanently.

Edited by William Sykes

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