Customs seize HK$2.7m weapons haul bound for India

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 January, 2013, 5:44am

Customs officers have seized a stash of weapons and suspected fake items worth HK$2.7 million bound for India from a vessel entering Hong Kong from the mainland.

A department spokesman said that officers seized 1,000 pepper sprays, 50 stun guns, 400 knuckle-dusters and 250 extendible batons from a cargo container on Saturday, on a vessel coming to the city from Guangzhou.

Also seized inside the container were 60,000 allegedly counterfeit items including clothes, jewellery, and personal skincare products.

"According to the initial investigation, the container arrived in Hong Kong from the mainland on January 2 and was ready to be transported to India," a spokesman said.

The investigation is still ongoing and no arrests have been made. The spokesman did not say where the vessel docked.

"The Customs and Excise Department will continue to fulfil its international obligation and actively check on prohibited items in order to beef up its effort to crack down on international smuggling activities."

A police spokeswoman said the force is not involved in the investigation.

In August last year, customs officers seized 600 stun guns in a truck from the mainland at the Man Kam To border control point in the New Territories.

In the last two years, customs officers have seized over 2,500 stun guns.

One of the biggest finds occurred in February 2011, when officers seized 1,000 stun guns worth HK$480,000 at Kwai Chung Container Terminal.