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Australia Former ADF member charged after chemicals used in bomb-making found at Picton, NSW home

05:41  21 july  2021
05:41  21 july  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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a man standing in front of a truck: Police raid a property at Picton, south-west of Sydney, following intelligence from the Australian Federal Police.  (ABC News) © Provided by ABC NEWS Police raid a property at Picton, south-west of Sydney, following intelligence from the Australian Federal Police.  (ABC News)

A former member of the Australian Defence Force has been charged with firearm and explosive offences after heavily armed officers stormed his home southwest of Sydney.

Police raided two properties in Picton and arrested Michael Brown, 54, as the bomb squad seized dangerous chemicals that could be used to make explosives.

NSW Police received foreign intelligence from their Australian Federal Police counterparts, informing them that firearms and explosives had been imported into Sydney earlier this month.

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Mr Brown, who allegedly has an extensive military background, was handcuffed at his unit on Argyle Street, while detectives secured another property on Wild Street in Picton.

During a search of both homes, police also found a rotary evaporator, heating mantle, and glassware, as well as liquids and acids, including fuming nitric acid.

A detonator charger and a firearm were also removed during the lengthy operation that blocked off surrounding areas as a precaution.

Counter-terrorism police are now assisting with the ongoing investigation, although authorities insist there is no immediate threat to public safety.

Mr Brown was charged with possessing an unauthorised prohibited firearm, and possess, supply or make explosives for an unlawful purpose.

He spent his first night behind bars at Narellan police station and is due to face Moss Vale court today.

Investigators are not ruling out further arrests.

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