Counterfeit and potentially hazardous pistol magazines have been discovered by customs officers in the US.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Savannah Port of Entry seized the counterfeit firearm magazines, bearing the trademark of weapons manufacturer Glock, in a shipment container arrived from Southeast Asia and destined for Tennessee.
Officers discovered 591 cartons of pistol magazines, and on further investigation were able to determine the importation of the magazines with the Glock brand name on the packaging was "unauthorized and in violation of the registered trademark."
The pistol magazines have a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of approximately $2.1m. Using counterfeit components in firearms could raise the risk of damaging weapons and causing serious injury to the person using them.
Lisa Beth Brown, Area Port Director of Savannah, said: "Seizures like this keep those goods out of the American supply chain - protecting our economy and consumers from potentially harmful products."
A report on the specialist Guns.com website notes that the counterfeits bear what appears to be the logo for SGM Tactical, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based supplier of firearm components and accessories.