Date
26 May 2017
Police examine the seized memory cards as the suspect looks on. At right, a man shows where he hid the highly dutiable cards while trying to smuggle them across the border. Photo: baidu.com
Police examine the seized memory cards as the suspect looks on. At right, a man shows where he hid the highly dutiable cards while trying to smuggle them across the border. Photo: baidu.com

Old woman busted with memory cards strapped to her body

An elderly woman is in a bind after thousands of memory cards were found strapped to her waist and legs.

She was held by Chinese authorities after trying to smuggle the highly dutiable goods across the border on Friday, Metro Daily reports.

Police became suspicious when the woman, looking stiff and struggling to move about, refused help with her luggage on the X-ray machine.

Instead, she hurriedly walked past.

The officers stopped her and found 10,000 memory cards on her body.

Hours later, a man was busted trying also to sneak thousands of cards across the border.

He was arrested after offering a HK$50,000 (US$6,429) bribe to an inspector.

Memory cards, which are sold cheaply in Hong Kong, are highly dutiable in the mainland, making them expensive.

Smugglers have been making a quick, tidy profit on them, according to industry insiders.

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