´╗┐Customs seizes smuggled computer hard disks, digital video cameras and used mobile phones in Sai Kung (with photos)

28 Aug 2010

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (August 27) foiled a smuggling attempt in Sai Kung with the seizure of 1,500 computer hard disks, 734 digital video cameras and 2,314 used mobile phones in 82 cartons, a light goods vehicle and a private car, totally worth about $2.1 million.

At about 11pm last night, officers of the Special Task Force conducted an anti-smuggling operation in Sai Kung and spotted a light goods vehicle and a private car parked at the seashore of Pak Min Kok. About ten men were found removing some goods from the light goods vehicle to a speedboat alongside the seashore. The officers took action immediately and seized the computer hard disks, digital video cameras and used mobile phones inside the vehicles. No one was arrested in the operation and the case is still under investigation.

The department will continue to strengthen enforcement action against smuggling activities. Under the Import and Export Ordinance, smuggling is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is a fine of $2 million and imprisonment of seven years.

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

Ends/Saturday, August 28, 2010

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