Hong Kong and Chinese customs have cracked an audacious smuggling operation that saw Apple goods ferried along a long cable straddling the border. Some industrious Chinese smugglers devised an elaborate system to get iPads and iPhones across the border into the country where they were once built.
6 smugglers were arrested in the operation, 50’s iPad 2 and 50’s iPhone 4, which worth about three hundred thousand yuan (US$46,583) were seized.
The iPad and iPhones were transported over a small river that separates the booming city of Shenzhen from the rural northern part of Hong Kong using an elaborate pulley system. The cable was shot across the border using a crossbow [Batman?] and the Apple products were flying across at night, which store in black nylon bags. The cable was suspended to a high-rise building in the Chinese border town of Shenzhen, and goods were moved several hundred meters from a small village house located in Hong Kong.
A group of smugglers used a crossbow and pulley system, with strong fishing line hook up, smuggle Apple products across the river that divides Hong Kong and Shenzhen under the cover of darkness. Officers found a 300-metre line rigged across the Sha Tau Kok River, which taking advantage of the geographical environment. The line was connected to the 21st floor of two residential blocks in Shenzhen, a black nylon bag containing smuggled goods was tied to the line and pulled across the border. The traveling time only take about 2 minutes to reach the other side of the river. Investigations showed that smugglers operated in the early hours of each morning in an attempt to avoid detection.
It is startling that Chinese taxes make operations like this necessary, especially in the place where these things are actually produced!
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