Post subject: Woman Jailed for Importing Weapons Post Posted: Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:14 pm
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A Chinese-born Sydney woman has been jailed for a year for importing more than 400 illegal weapons, the Australian Customs Service says.
Hui Ping Mo, 48, from Marrickville, in Sydney’s inner-west, appeared in the Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday where she pleaded guilty to importing undeclared prohibited weapons, Customs said.
In May 2005, Customs officers stopped a shipping container from China for x-ray examination.
The officers discovered a consignment of 320 illegal weapons, including 100 extendable batons, 60 butterfly knives, 52 push knives, 30 trench knives, 20 star knives, 12 flick knives, 12 items with concealed blades, 10 stun guns, 10 knuckledusters, eight soft air pistols and six sling shots with arm braces.
The goods had been declared as “festival commodity”, specifically mah jong, plastic carry bags, paper lanterns, and festival decorations.
Further investigations resulted in search warrants being executed on two retail outlets in Haymarket, a Marrickville home and a car.
A further 155 weapons were seized, including 63 baton swords with concealed blades, 48 pairs of nunchakus, six throwing axes, 19 daggers as well as a quantity of other items with concealed blades.
Mo, a retail operator, was sentenced to 12 months jail, with a non-parole period of one month.
It is understood she may appeal the sentence.
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