Suspected smuggling of smart watches and smartphones at Lo Ma Chau Control Point (with photos)

26 Apr 2015

Hong Kong Customs smashed a suspected smuggling case of smart watches and smartphones by a cross-boundary private car at Lok Ma Chau Control Point yesterday (April 25) and seized a total of 26 smart watches of the latest model and 132 smartphones worth about $599,000. A 45-year-old female driver and a 34-year-old male passenger were arrested.

Customs officers intercepted an outgoing 7-seated private car yesterday evening and seized the smart watches and smartphones inside a backpack at the middle passenger compartment and the luggage in the boot of the vehicle upon examination.

The arrested driver and passenger have been charged with exporting unmanifested cargo and will appear at Fanling Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (April 27).

Under the Import and Export Ordinance, the maximum penalty for attempting to import or export unmanifested cargo is a fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.

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

Ends/Sunday, April 26, 2015

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