Date
16 December 2017
Shenzhen customs officers display items seized from a Hong Kong woman who was apprehended at the Lo Wu checkpoint late last month. Image credit: China National Radio
Shenzhen customs officers display items seized from a Hong Kong woman who was apprehended at the Lo Wu checkpoint late last month. Image credit: China National Radio

HK woman caught at China border with 102 iPhones taped to body

A Hong Kong woman was caught at a border crossing late last month as she attempted to smuggle more than a hundred iPhones and over a dozen luxury watches into the mainland by strapping the items to her body.

According to Shenzhen Customs, a middle-aged woman was intercepted at the Lo Wu checkpoint at about 8 pm on June 30 as she was trying to enter the Chinese mainland.

Officers became suspicious as the lady was in bulky attire and had an abnormal gait.

Wondering why the woman, who seemed healthy, appeared to be wearing multiple layers of clothes in summer, customs officials ordered an X-ray body screening.

As the woman was passing through the scanner, the machine gave off an alarm.

Officers then took her to a room and conducted a search. They found 102 iPhones and 15 Tissot watches taped onto her chest and waist, China National Radio reports.

The items being smuggled weighed about 20 kilograms in total, customs officials were quoted as saying.

A case has been filed against the woman.

The lady could face criminal charges if she is found to be a repeat offender.

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