Customs chiefs are setting up a second cyber-crime team to fight the growing popularity of online auctioning of pirated discs and counterfeit goods. The squad will start work next month when the seven members have finished training and technological support worth at least $250,000 is in place. The first team was established in 2000. The forming of a new team comes after a sharp increase this year in the number of complaints about copyright infringement, according to Tam Yiu-keung, head of customs' intellectual property investigation division. There were 38 complaints last year about illegal goods sold online, down from 48 the year before. But customs has already received 12 complaints in the first two months of this year. Most stem from the copyright or trademark owners. The illegal items include pirated film and music discs, and counterfeit products such as leather handbags. Officers said a set of pirated discs of a television drama could fetch up to $800. Albert Ho Shi-king, head of operations for customs' intellectual property investigation division, said the trend surfaced after the recent crackdown on shops selling pirated and bogus goods. Criminals using the internet to sell the goods were changing websites quickly, he said. 'Crooks sell illicit goods on an online auction website for one or two months before moving their operations to another website in an attempt to evade our detection,' he said. To track down the criminals, officers posing as customers buy the illegal goods on targeted websites. Officers said they would seek help from website-hosting companies if necessary. Mr Ho said the existing team would target other illegal activities on the internet, such as the uploading of movies and music using the file-sharing programme BitTorrent. Meanwhile, officers from customs' drug investigation division have arrested a man, 50, after seizing 10,180 tablets of the tranquilliser Midazolam at Wong Shek Pier in Sai Kung on Friday. The consignment, worth about $220,000, is the biggest seizure of the drug in recent years. The man was charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug and appeared in Kwun Tong court yesterday. The case was adjourned to May 13.