FREE STATE – An alleged illegal firearms parts consignment that was imported from the United States of America was intercepted in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.

The Hawks’ National Priority Violence Crime operationalised information that was received from a contact relating to the said consignment destined to South Africa via a freight shipping service.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the parcel was falsely declared as workshop parts as recorded in the waybill number. Based on the gathered information a search warrant was then obtained, the shipment was tracked.

A multidisciplinary team comprising of Technical Response Team and Local Criminal Record Centre was activated to monitor the delivery of the package at Innes Avenue, Waverly, Bloemfontein.
Three alleged recipients were interviewed and statements have since been obtained.

Other additionally electronic equipment were also confiscated pending further investigation. No arrests were effected at this stage as investigation is still continuing.