Man attempted to import stun guns

A man from Glasgow will serve a prison sentence after attempting to import 10 stun guns disguised as mobile phones in the post from China.

James Jefferson, 37, was arrested after National Crime Agency investigators raided his flat in Kingsway Court, Scotstounhill in February 2013.

The guns had been seized by Border Force officers carrying out checks on incoming mail at a postal depot in Coventry. They were addressed to his partner.

Jefferson initially denied knowing that they were weapons, but analysis of computers and paperwork found at his flat showed he had been in contact with sellers in China to source the weapons and had made payments for them via a PayPal account.

But he pleaded guilty to purchasing the weapons, an offence under the Firearms Act, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a judge at Glasgow High Court.

John McGowan, head of the NCA’s border policing team at the Scottish Crime Campus, Gartcosh, said: “These are dangerous weapons capable of inflicting serious injury, made all the worse because they look to the untrained eye like a simple mobile phone.

“Working with law enforcement colleagues like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to stop smugglers like Jefferson and keep weapons like this off the streets of Scotland.”

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