Police have arrested a man and a woman suspected of working for a syndicate and acting as recipients of parcels containing thousands of bullets.
The arrests came after employees at Asia Airfreight Terminal in Chek Lap Kok found three suspicious parcels from North America, news website hk01.com reports.
The Customs and Excise Department reported the find to the police on Monday.
About 3,400 rounds of .22-caliber bullets were found in the shipment, along with nine fan heaters, according to Tse Tan-sang, chief inspector of the crime unit of the New Territories South regional police headquarters.
The police arrested a 41-year-old man, surnamed Hung, and a 44-year-old woman, surnamed Lee, in Tuen Mun and Lok Ma Chau, respectively.
Searches conducted at a warehouse in Lok Ma Chau Road, where the man worked, led the police to two other parcels containing six fan heaters and 3,000 more rounds of ammunition, Sing Tao Daily reports.
The shipment was seized, along with guns and various gun parts.
The man and the woman do not know each other and have no triad backgrounds, investigators said. They were detained for possession of arms and ammunition without permits.
Under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, any person convicted of illegal possession of a weapon could face a jail term of up to 14 years and a fine of as much as HK$100,000.
Police said the bullets and gun components might have been ordered with the mainland being the actual destination, where the use firearms to hunt animals has become a fashion in recent years.
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