A PASSENGER has been caught attempting to smuggle a deadly ‘knife-gun’ through Birmingham Airport.
The lethal blade, which could be loaded with .22 bullets and fired, was just one of many illegal weapons seized by UK Border Force officers over the festive season.
Alex Lawther, from Border Force at Birmingham Airport, said: “Our officers are on constant alert, deploying the latest scanning technology and intelligence, to keep illegal weapons, drugs and goods out of the UK. Being unaware of the rules is not an excuse.
“Anyone caught trying to smuggle dangerous weapons into the country will have the weapons confiscated and could face prosecution.”
Other weapons intercepted included parts from a German rifle-propelled grenade launcher, 100 high powered ‘dum dum’ bullets which break up on impact causing devastating injuries, telescopic gun sights and an extendable baton.
A spokesman for the UK Border Force confirmed investigations were underway but said no charges had yet been brought against those responsible for smuggling the weapons.
Officials also made a large drugs bust in December, discovering nine kilos of very strong cannabis, known as ‘skunk’, with a street value of up to £50,000, in freight.
While people trying to buy cheap branded Christmas presents from overseas have been blamed for the upsurge in counterfeit goods such as fake UGG boots and Ralph Lauren polo shirts, being seized at the local airport. All the fake merchandise will now be destroyed.