BORDER officials at Birmingham Airport have shown off some of the counterfeit items they’ve seized in the last few weeks.
Fake jewellery, perfumes, iPhones and designer brands were among the haul on display at the airport on Monday.
Among the more unusual items in this Aladdin’s cave of contraband was a leather handbag with a clutch that doubled as a knuckleduster.
Officers from the UK Border Agency have also seized large amounts of illegal drugs that people have tried to smuggle into the country.
Substances that have been intercepted recently include skunk cannabis, GBL, butyal nitrate and other herbal highs.
Phillip Holliday, UKBA’s regional director, said: “The international trade in counterfeit goods is serious organised crime and for the gangs behind it, it is low-risk and high-reward.
“Cheap counterfeits undercut honest traders and leave shoppers with goods that are at best inferior to genuine products and, at worst, harmful or unsafe.
“The message is simple: if something appears too good to be true, it probably is.”
Anyone with information about this type of offence can call the customs hotline on 0800 595 000.