Customs and Marine Police smash speedboat smuggling case (with photo)

12 Sep 2013

The Customs and Excise Department and the Marine Police today (September 12) smashed a speedboat smuggling case in a joint anti-smuggling operation at the jetty near Lau Fau Shan Fish Market. A total of 22 boxes of electronic goods, including tablet computers and used mobile phones, with a total value of about $1.1 million, were seized.

At about 2am this morning, officers of the Marine Enforcement Group of Hong Kong Customs and the Task Force of Marine Police West Division found five suspicious men using trolleys to convey boxes of goods onto a high-powered speedboat at the jetty near Lau Fau Shan Fish Market. Officers took immediate enforcement action. The suspects immediately fled with the speedboat. Subsequently, officers seized 22 boxes of goods with a total value of about $1.1 million at the scene.

Hong Kong Customs will continue to take stringent enforcement action with the Marine Police to combat sea smuggling activities.

Under the Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of exporting unmanifested cargoes is liable to a maximum fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

Ends/Thursday, September 12 2013

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