Man ordered a gun online from undercover U.S officer

WHEN a Gladstone meth cook tried to buy a revolver and two silencers on the black market from the United States, he did not realise he was ordering it from an undercover Homeland Security officer.

Buddy Thomas Lipczynski, 27, was given a tracking number to watch his parcel's progress to Australia.

Little did he know that the parcel did not contain a gun, inside it were shoes that US Homeland Security had posted instead.

When the parcel finally arrived to his home in New Auckland last year, a group of police officers were with it.

This also wasn't Lipczynski's first attempt at trying to import a gun into Australia.

He was successful on another occasion, in 2014, when he ordered a revolver online that was covered in foil and sent in the post from the United States. The parcel label said the package contained a toy.

Lipczynski pleaded guilty to one count of importing a firearm and another count of attempting to import a firearm and was sentenced at Brisbane District Court on Friday.

He also pleaded guilty to a string of other charges, including possessing three other firearms and producing meth.

Lipczynski had two storage sheds where he kept equipment to cook meth. In these sheds police found beakers, funnels, flasks and various substances including hypophosphorous acid, pseudoephedrine, codeine and iodine. Police also found about $7000 cash at his house.

Mr Lipczynski's defence barrister Patrick Wilson said there was no proof that his client was producing drugs for commercial purposes.

He also said there was no sinister reason for why he imported the guns; he said his client was a recreational shooter.

But prosecutor Sam Bain said he had never held a weapons licence, which is a step a recreational shooter would take.

Mr Wilson said Mr Lipczynski started using drugs when he was 14 years old, starting with marijuana and then MDMA when he was 16 and meth when he was 18 or 19.

Once he is released from jail, Mr Lipczynski hopes to move to Bundaberg, where his mother now lives, Mr Wilson said.

Mr Wilson told the court his client's mother moved to Bundaberg because of the publicity around her son's offending in Gladstone.

Judge Brian Devereaux said it was possible Mr Lipczynski intended to use the guns recreationally. But he said it did not take away from the seriousness that was importing or attempting to import weapons into Australia.

He sentenced Mr Lipczynski to a total four years jail. He will be eligible for parole in April next year.


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