The Mercury

Chinese iPhone 7 smugglers dig deep into bag of tricks

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CHINESE border control have caught smugglers trying to bring in hundreds of new iPhone 7 handsets on Friday, the same day the product launched.

Smugglers have been caught crossing from Hong Kong to Shenzhen in southern China with phones hidden in their trousers and tied around their waists, reports the People’s Daily Online.

According to border control, they confiscate­d more than 400 units of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus estimated to be worth about 3 million yuan (R6m).

According to reports, customs in Futian port in Shenzhen stopped the first suspicious passenger in the arrivals hall and found that he was carrying five new iPhone 7 handsets. Throughout the day, the number of would-be smugglers rose.

According to reports, one phone per traveller is permitted and those with multiple handsets are accused of smuggling.

Peak smuggling time was between 6.30pm and 7pm where customs seized 190 new iPhones from seven people, all of whom had strapped them to their bodies. By the end of the day, customs had seized some 400 units.

The customs office said when items were confiscate­d they put them up for public auction, transfered these to the authoritie­s or destroyed them. In this case, they said they would put the items up for auction. – Daily Mail

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