Smartphones Worth HK$7 Million Seized At Hong Kong Customs

January 20, 2016

NewsStandOnline.Net (20-January-2016): Hong Kong Customs foiled a smuggling case at an immigration control point with the arrest of a motorist and seizure of HK$2.2 million of smartphones.

It was the third such case detected by customs officers at a land control point in 12 days. In the previous two cases, mobile phones worth a total of HK$2.4 million were seized with the arrest of two drivers.

The latest case came to light when customs officers intercepted a Shenzhen-bound car at the Lok Ma Chau immigration control point on Monday.

Smartphones Worth HK$7 Million Seized At Hong Kong Customs

“During inspection, officers found the 891 smartphones in the boot of the private car. The 29-year-old male driver was arrested,” the Customs and Excise Department said in a statement.  Yesterday afternoon, the man was still being held for questioning and had not been charged, a department spokesman said.

The previous case happened in the early hours of Tuesday last week when officers intercepted a lorry at the same border control point.

In that instance, a total of 288 smartphones worth HK$1.3 million were found concealed in a false compartment connected to the vehicle’s rear axle unit. The 56-year-old male driver was arrested.