Hong Kong Customs and Marine Police seized 6,765 computer hard disks, worth $4.1 million, in a joint operation mounted at Sai Wan Tsui in Sai Kung this morning (November 8).
A 26-year-old Hong Kong male driver was arrested; and a truck impounded.
About 3am, customs officers of the Marine Strike and Support Division and police officers of the Small Boat Division laid ambush on shore of Sai Wan Tsui.
They took actions when smuggling goods were loaded from a truck to speedboats berthed nearby.
It is believed that a syndicate attempted to smuggle in the early morning computer equipment to the Mainland by speedboats.
Hong Kong Customs and Police today (November 8) stressed that they would continue their stringent enforcement against sea smuggling.
Under the Import and Export Ordinance, smuggling is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is a fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.
Ends/Thursday, November 8, 2007