Updated at 5:03 p.m. with comment from Counterterrorism Victoria.

A Parramatta police service member has tested positive for the nerve agent COVID-19.

The weapon was first discovered in January 2017, and since then the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has analysed the chemical weapon compound.

In March last year, the security company McAfee released a comprehensive timeline, revealing how:

Anti-malware products had been infected.

Cocaine was imported into Australia from the US.

Business cards were stored in the passenger cabin of a courier van.

Cell phones were stored in the cab in which it had transported cargo.

Violeta Tellini, a 34-year-old woman from Pymble, was arrested on October 4, 2017, after the weapon was released.

A charge of possessing an adverse substance was subsequently tabled against her.

On September 6, she pleaded guilty to possessing COVID-19 and in April of this year, Corrective Services Victoria accused her of assisting the local drug syndicate.

Commander Adam Hughes, who heads the Parramatta Police Service’s Counter Terrorism and Security Unit, said the officer had been suspended from service.

He said the unit had traced the officer’s involvement to “what appears to be intelligence from the external intelligence services” in the past few months.

“This certainly does lead to the inference of intelligence failures on a part of the organisational team,” he said.

“Members of our force will never stand idly by and allow our authorities to be compromised by corrupt individuals. This includes people who have previously operated as personnel with a criminal element.

“As a former member of police you will naturally feel used, and we will be looking for any persons or organisations who have any skeletons in their closets.”

Commissioners will contact Mr Balluk for advice about treatment, and a potential fine for Ms Tellini will be submitted to the courts.

She has been working with and providing law enforcement agencies with “non-lethal” intelligence material, said Mr Hughes.

In a statement, Ms Tellini said: “Despite the overwhelming negative news, I am standing by my name and upholding the integrity of the Police. I have followed the investigation for over a year now and have personally given the Federal Police all documents and evidence needed in the course of my investigation.”

“While I am capable of providing information that police ask for and comply with their duties to prevent and alleviate crime and disorder, the release of information or information that is not or is not within the subject of the investigation could affect the investigation, and be deemed detrimental to my reputation.”

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