Australian Police Discover Bevy of Nazi Memorabilia Across Queensland
Australian police have noted an increase in the amount of Nazi memorabilia seized by law enforcement officers in the state of Queensland, the Brisbane Times reported on Wednesday.
While most of the items seized were Nazi flags or pendants belonging to individual white supremacists or those involved in neo-Nazi groups, which are legal in Australia, Detective Inspector Brendan Smith said officers also discovered in one house a shrine to the Third Reich.
Police in Cooktown, in northeastern Queensland, discovered the shrine in a shed, which included several Nazi flags both of the Third Reich and the SS, Confederate flags and Nazi emblems painted on the ground.
The owner of the shrine was reportedly a 48-year-old white supremacist with a tattoo of a swastika on his forehead. The man’s proclivity for the Nazi sign extended to numerous belongings in his home, as well as a pair of gargoyles in the front yard also containing the iconic symbol.
Still, police said while the man claimed white supremacy, he was also earning cash selling drugs to the local indigenous population.
The news came as Australian police arrested 61 people in connection with neo-Nazi gangs this week, the Brisbane Times reported on Monday. One hundred and sixty seven charges were laid against those arrested.
In the statewide police raid against individuals with ties to neo-Nazi groups, among the confiscated items were methamphetamine, cocaine, steroids, drug paraphernalia and a stolen generator apparently worth $17,000, the Brisbane Times reported. Police also discovered some 200 cannabis plants.