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The Stranger Things People Have Tried To Smuggle Into Australia

Australia's Border Force says tobacco, weapons and drugs are the top three illicit items being smuggled through our airports but they've busted people for far weirder stuff.

In a behind-the-scenes look at Melbourne Airport, ABF officers showcased a range of deadly and dangerous items to Ten News First.

A Wolverine-style weapon, consisting of three blades on a knuckle duster, has become an increasingly popular weapon smuggled into suitcases from Asia, according to the ABF.

“It’s items like these that are attractive when they see them overseas. They’re quite common [Wolverine claws]. You can get them anywhere. If they were given to the wrong people, imagine the damage they could inflict.”

Wolverine claws have been sprung by officers before. Image: 10 News First

Imitation guns have also become a problem, with fears they could be used to commit crimes, despite not being the real deal.

“These things are prohibited, for the very reason is that they do look like a real firearm. They don’t have the same mechanism as a real firearm but they are very similar.”

When it comes to the strangest items being smuggled in, ABF officers say exotic animals top the list.

This wolf pelt was found in a search. Image: 10 News First

“I’ve seen pigeon eggs. Yes… concealed on the person’s body. I’ve seen live fish. This lady came in from a country in Asia and when she was walking, it was swishing and we could actually hear the noise of the water.

And she had tropical fish strapped all over her body.

In the 2018-2019 financial year, ABF processed 47.4 million travellers crossing Australia’s borders, via air and sea. A further 36 million mail articles and 1.1 million air cargo consignments were inspected.

Image: 10 News First

“There are many items that people commonly attempt to bring into the country from holidays, or attempt to order online through international mail, that are prohibited.

Prohibited items that are common include toy or imitation firearms, laser pointers, knuckledusters, nunchakus, slingshots, automatic knives, concealed blades; and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) goods such as fake handbags, shoes, watches or cosmetics.”

This was also found during a search. Image: 10 News First

For the full list of what you can and can’t bring into Australia, visit the ABF website.