Chinese Customs Busted 7 Men Smuggling 580 Smartphones Taped To Their Bodies

Posted: Jun 17 2016, 3:07am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 17 2016, 8:01am CDT, in News | Technology News


Chinese Customs Busted 7 Men Smuggling 580 Smartphones Taped to Their Bodies

The Shenzhen Huanggang port connects Mainland China with Hong Kong. It is a hot spot for consumer electronics smugglers. The Chinese customs busted this week 7 people with 580 smartphones taped to their bodies.

The smugglers only carried the newest iPhones and Samsung smartphones. The phones are valued at 1.3 million Yuan (~$197,000).

The customs officials spotted a smuggler because his walk was suspicious. The had him walk through a metal detector. The man had 16 mobile phones inside of his broad belt. He also taped 29 smartphones on his thighs and shanks. 

Put on alert, the custom officers busted six other guys within 5 minutes of the first one.

According to Chinese People, the men had a history of smuggling.

Smuggling smartphones this way is nothing new at Shenzhen Huanggang port. Last year customs caught a guy with 94 iPhones taped to his body (see images below).

There are about 50,000 to over 100,000 people crossing through Shenzhen Huanggang port on a daily basis. This makes smuggling a tempting proposition. Eventually high tech surveillance will make it impossible to smuggle smartphones this way into China.

The demand for Apple and Samsung smartphones appears to be still healthy in China. Chinese smartphone makers like Huawei plan to change that.

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