Customs arrests man smuggling 40 mobile phones taped to his body

Customs officers intercepted a man at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point on Thursday who was attempting to smuggle into the mainland 40 mobile phones strapped to his body.

Customs said the batch of mobile phones was found strapped under his armpits and around his waist when officers were conducting customs clearance on the 39-year-old man.

The 40 mobile phones were with an estimated market value of about HK$35,000.

The man was currently detained and an investigation is ongoing.

Customs reminded that under the Telecommunications Ordinance, any person who imports or exports any radiocommunications transmitting apparatus without a license or permit commits an offense. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of HK$25,000 and imprisonment for one year.

“Hong Kong Customs will strengthen clearance on passengers crossing the border at all control points and will continue to co-operate closely with Mainland Customs and local law enforcement agencies to take vigorous enforcement action against different kinds of smuggling activities,” a Customs spokesman added.