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Australia Dad's secret life as a gun-runner revealed: Father of two cries in court after being 'caught selling weapons to an undercover cop'

21:30  29 may  2020
21:30  29 may  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A tradie described as a 'law-abiding family man' has been living a double life as a gun runner and drug trafficker, police have alleged.

Dad-of-two, Adrian Joseph Somerville, is accused of selling weapons since March, but was allegedly caught out on Wednesday after offering a gun to an undercover policeman.

The 32-year-old former FIFO mine worker lived a seemingly quiet life with his wife, Melissa Ann, and their two children in Greenbank, 33km from Brisbane.

But police will allege that he secretly sold guns and drugs, after charging him with 23 counts including weapons and drug trafficking.

a person wearing a pink dress: Adrian Somerville (pictured, left, on his wedding day to wife Melissa Ann, right) allegedly sold a gun to an undercover police officer © Provided by Daily Mail Adrian Somerville (pictured, left, on his wedding day to wife Melissa Ann, right) allegedly sold a gun to an undercover police officer a group of people sitting posing for the camera: Somerville (pictured, left, with wife Melissa Ann, right) was charged with 23 offences including drugs and weapons trafficking © Provided by Daily Mail Somerville (pictured, left, with wife Melissa Ann, right) was charged with 23 offences including drugs and weapons trafficking

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Somerville wept as he appeared in court via video link on Thursday, after he was granted bail on strict conditions.

His mum, Deborah Joan, agreed to offer a $50,000 surety to ensure his release.  

If convicted, he will serve jail time as trafficking weapons has a mandatory prison sentence.  

a group of people posing for the camera: Somerville (pictured, left) shares two young children with his wife Melissa (right), with the family living near Brisbane © Provided by Daily Mail Somerville (pictured, left) shares two young children with his wife Melissa (right), with the family living near Brisbane

Somerville's lawyer, Corey Cullen, told the court his client worked for Able Concrete Pumping and previously spent seven years working as a FIFO mine worker.

'My client has never been in trouble with the law in his life,'

Mrs Somerville told the court the couple have two children, a three-year-old toddler and a baby, who is 11 months-old.

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Under bail conditions, he must live at his family home with a curfew and report to Jimboomba police station three times a week.

He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on August 10.

a woman posing for a photo: Somerville (pictured, right) lives a seemingly-normal life with wife Melissa Ann (left) in Greenbank, QLD © Provided by Daily Mail Somerville (pictured, right) lives a seemingly-normal life with wife Melissa Ann (left) in Greenbank, QLD

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