Customs smashes suspected smuggling of tablet computers at Shenzhen Bay Control Point (with photo)

1 Dec 2014

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (November 30) seized 720 tablet computers valued at about $2.5 million on board an outgoing cross-boundary coach at Shenzhen Bay Control Point and arrested one person.

Customs officers mounted an anti-smuggling operation at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point yesterday afternoon and intercepted an outgoing cross-boundary coach for investigation. A total of 18 carton boxes containing 720 tablet computers were found placed in a luggage compartment and a storage compartment of the cross-boundary coach. The 52-year-old male driver was arrested on suspicion of intending to commit the offence of "attempting to export unmanifested cargo" under the Import and Export Ordinance. The investigation is continuing.

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.

Members of the public are urged to report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Monday, December 1, 2014

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