Date
23 November 2017
The smuggler, flanked by border officials, shows the iPhones he had on his body when they caught him. Photo: people.com.cn
The smuggler, flanked by border officials, shows the iPhones he had on his body when they caught him. Photo: people.com.cn

China border officials nab HK man with 146 iPhones tied to body

It was his awkward gait that gave him away.

A Hong Kong man with more than 100 Apple iPhones strapped to himself under his clothes — but no luggage in his hands — caught the eye of Chinese customs officials with the android-like way he was walking.

So they caught him, People’s Daily Online reported Tuesday.

The officials at the Lo Wu border checkpoint Friday found 126 iPhones fastened to his torso with sticky tape and 20 more attached to his calves.

They foiled his attempt to smuggle the smartphones, wildly popular in the mainland, into Shenzhen and resell them for a profit.

The professional parallel trader turned out to have tried his luck several times before. Customs records showed he had been caught at the checkpoint four times since 2011.

This incident brought the total number of mobile phones he’d attached to his body in his various attempts to 511, the report said.

The antismuggling department at the checkpoint is following up on the case.

A senior official at the checkpoint said tying contraband to the body is commonly seen with smugglers, and customs officials have been focusing on the dodge.

A total of 23 cases of this type have been recorded since the beginning of the year.

The goods involved include weapons, electronic products, diamonds and gold.

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