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Police shut down US-Australia gun network

Published on Oct 19, 2012 8:30 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - An illegal gun supply network from Nashville in the United States to Sydney, where there has been a spate of drive-by shootings, has been shut down, police said on Friday.

In a joint operation by Australian and US law enforcement officers, three men were arrested in Nashville on Wednesday with police alleging they bought firearms in Tennessee and shipped them to Australia.

"For several months, agencies have been investigating the illegal importation of firearms to Sydney from Nashville," New South Wales state police said in a statement.

"The agencies identified 20 firearms purchased in Nashville that are believed to have been illegally sent to Sydney."

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