NSW’s Joint Counter-Terrorism Taskforce (JCTT) says a 21-year-old man from the state’s South Coast has been charged with planning a terrorist act.
Joshua Lucas was arrested as part of a joint Australian Federal Police and NSW Police investigation into extreme right-wing behaviour, and did not apply for bail when he appeared in Nowra court today.
Australian Federal Police Commissioner Scott Lee alleged Mr Lucas was trying to “source material in relation to the construction of an IED”.
“It will be alleged the man was attempting and planning to purchase or acquire military equipment, including firearms and items capable of making improvised explosive devices,” he said.
Officers from the JCTT will also allege Mr Lucas expressed support for extreme right-wing ideology.
The investigation began in February, after NSW JCTT investigators became aware of several online posts they claim contained extreme political and anti-government ideology.
A search of Mr Lucas’s home on Sanctuary Point Road in Sanctuary Point, revealed numerous electronic devices, tactical equipment and three paintball guns.
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