Customs neutralises smuggling ring in Sha Tau Kok

30 Apr 2008

Hong Kong Customs today (April 30) neutralised a syndicate suspected of smuggling high-value electronic goods into the Mainland by means of concealment in altered fuel tanks of cross-boundary 7-seater vehicles.

It is the first time that the Department came across such a concealment method.

After in-depth investigation based on intelligence gathered, the officers this morning conducted an operation code-named “Yeast” at Sha Tau Kok Control Point and in a fenced area on Wo Keng Shan Road, Sha Tau Kok.

In total, Customs officers seized about $4.6 million worth of goods, including 824 mobile phones, 150 digital cameras, 2,680 CPUs, a large number of SD (Secure Digital) memory cards and computer random access memory (RAM). In addition, three private cars were impounded.

Five persons, aged from 33 to 48, were arrested. They included two drivers, two passengers and a packaging worker.

Ends/ Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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