An anonymous 61-year-old Chinese citizen has been detained at the customs of Man Kam, in Hong Kongafter trying to strain 510,000 electronic componentsfrom processors to SSD drives, mobile and portable.
He price hardware is much cheaper in Hong Kong than in the mainland chinaso there is a control of customswhich citizens continually try to outwit.
It is fascinating to see how so many people who commit crimes end up in jail for convincing themselves with the phrase: “I’m sure they won’t catch me.”
A few days ago we discovered how a young man tried to sneak into the customs 84 SSD inside an electric scooter. On another occasion, a woman had dozens of Intel processors wrapped around her body.
Computer smuggling at Chinese customs
We assume that since you are going to risk passing smuggling, better do it big to give the blow of your life, and retire. In the mind of this smuggler the plan was perfect: he put 510,000 computer products in 30 wooden drawersand loaded them into a container inside his truck.
He labeled the boxes as screen panelswhich we assume pay less taxes if they stop you at customs, or perhaps you imagined that they would attract less attention than processors or mobile phones.
The fact is that, as expected, the customs agents were not going to let a truck loaded with 30 boxes of “screen panels” without reviewing it. A simple X-ray inspection revealed what was inside. You can see it in the photo of the opening of the news.
“It is the largest case of smuggling by land transport since 2018“, explains the main inspector Wong Chi-man, of the Customs Cargo and Vehicle Processing Unit, in the local media The Standard.
Once on the continent, these products would be directed to the resale or the reassembly in new equipment.
The 61-year-old driver of the truck was arrested and has been released on bail pending further investigation. It is not ruled out that it is only a simple carrier hired to carry the cargo, without knowing who bought the merchandise, and where.
They try to sneak through the customs China 510,000 processors, SSD drives, mobile and portable, all at the same time, seems crazy. And it is. That is why the plan did not prosper.