Thursday, September 24, 2009

Another mad Qld. cop. Sounds like a REAL gun nut

Weapons seized from home of police "ethics" expert! A fair commentary on Qld. police ethics, I think

QUEENSLAND's Water Police chief is under investigation by Customs and police for allegedly importing illegal machinegun parts. Customs and Border Protection officers, members of the police Weapons Licensing Branch and the Australian Defence Force's Explosive Ordnance Demolition team raided the home of Inspector Alan Magarry north of Brisbane last Thursday.

Police said a van was removed, along with items suspected of being Australian Defence Force property including a Kevlar helmet, current-issue body armour and boxes of .223 ammunition. Insp Magarry is also being questioned over his alleged possession of a fully automatic Steyr assault rifle, a type of firearm used by the ADF.

Neighbours said cars were lined up all along the street during the raid. "There were soldiers in camouflage gear and a couple of cars up the driveway," said one resident. "A paddy wagon was out the front and a girl was bringing stuff out of the house." An ADF spokesman confirmed the Explosive Ordnance Demolition team attended because of the nature of the material being seized. Insp Magarry is a qualified armourer and operated a private armory business from the stately brick home.

A Customs spokesman said the raid was a result of the discovery of firearm parts in four parcels from America addressed to the home. It is alleged the parts are machinegun kits allegedly used to make inoperable automatic weapons operable. Other items included documents and computers.

Police said Insp Magarry was currently on recreational leave, but was assisting the Ethical Standards Command. "Customs informed police of their concerns last week and we have been assisting them in their inquiries since that time," said a QPS spokeswoman. Insp Magarry was appointed as the Water Police State Co-ordinator this year after a stint with the Ethical Standards Command.

An officer of 27-years' experience, he spent six years as officer-in-charge of Mareeba police station in north Queensland where he drove award-winning projects tackling truancy, graffiti and juvenile crime.

President of the Queensland Police Commissioned Officers Union, Detective Superintendent Tony Cross said there was a "slight chance" the matter would be raised at the next executive meeting. "I understand the allegations are outside the ambit of his work," Det-Supt Cross said.


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