A man from Paisley has been jailed after a video of him boasting of how he had a stun gun was found by National Crime Agency investigators.
Henry Morton, aged 37, of St James Street, was stopped by Border Force officers at Glasgow Airport in September 2014 having just landed on a flight from Bourgas in Bulgaria.
Inside his luggage they found two stun guns, disguised as iPhones. Morton maintained that he did not know the phones were weapons and had only bought them to listen to music on.
However analysis of his real phone showed that he had sent messages offering to sell the weapons once he arrived back in Scotland.
National Crime Agency investigators also found two videos of him using the stun guns in his hotel room in Sunny Beach, Bulgaria . On one of the videos, which he later posted on Facebook, he told viewers “f*** with me you get tasered”.
Morton later pleaded guilty to charges under the Firearms Act at Edinburgh High Court on Monday 14 November he was sentenced to five years in prison.
John McGowan, head of the NCA’s border investigation team at the Scottish Crime Campus in Gartcosh, said: “The videos we recovered were key to securing a guilty plea. Once we found them Morton had to admit that he knew exactly what these weapons were capable of.
“They also show that he would have had no qualms about using them himself.
“These weapons have the capacity to cause serious harm, which is why we are determined to do all we can to keep them off the streets.”
Gordon Summers, Border Force Assistant Director, said: “Border Force works closely with the police and National Crime Agency to prevent the importation of weapons into the UK, as this case shows.
“Some of the most high-tech equipment is used by Border Force officers to keep offensive weapons off our streets and anyone caught trying to smuggle such items into the country will have them confiscated and could face prosecution.”