Date
23 September 2017
The seven men had the smartphones taped to their bodies with cling wraps. Photo: news.china.com
The seven men had the smartphones taped to their bodies with cling wraps. Photo: news.china.com

Seven men caught with 580 phones at Shenzhen border

Shenzhen customs officers arrested seven men attempting to smuggle 580 smartphones, estimated to be worth over 1.3 million yuan (US$197,300), into China.

The men, aged between 40 and 50, were found to have concealed the phones, mostly Apple iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, around their waists and thighs with cling wraps, Sing Tao Daily reports.

The first one to be arrested was a 50-year-old man who entered Shenzhen via the Futian Port, wearing a loose black jacket and a pair of baggy jeans.

He aroused the officers’ suspicion with his unusual way of walking as his waist and legs were stiff and straight as he moved toward the customs checkpoint.

He was taken to the security inspection gate and the alarms went off when he walked past the metal detector.

Officers found 45 Samsung Galaxy handsets around the man’s waist, and 29 iPhone handsets around his thighs and calves.

Six other men were caught trying to smuggle smartphones into border using the same tactic in the space of five minutes.

A total of 580 handsets were seized from the seven men.

According to news.china.com, the seven men have records of violating personal luggage restrictions and are regarded as “typical parallel goods traders”.

One of them was slapped with a fine just 15 days ago for attempting to smuggle iPhone units into the mainland.

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