Written by: Huang Yingjin, Zhen Yiheng, Huang Weimin, Chen Leilei
2020-08-05 10:09Last update date: 2020-08-05 12:47
Smugglers purchase large quantities of goods and then smuggle them back to the mainland by water. A few days ago, the Marine Police and Customs seized 18 million yuan in electronic parts and health products. It is believed that due to the epidemic and the quarantine measures on the 14th, many mainland tourists were unable to come to Hong Kong for consumption. Some criminals smuggled them back to the mainland after "purchasing".
At about 11 pm the day before yesterday (3rd), the marine police and the maritime authorities jointly anti-smuggling in the Lantau North area. A speedboat sailed towards the rocky beach on the shore of the airport. During the incident, eight suspicious men walked out of the grass. The truck driver transports multiple pieces of goods onto the speedboat on rollers and iron ladders. Marine police and customs took action. The smuggled men abandoned the goods and fled to the mainland. Law enforcement officers seized 109 boxes and 21 bags of goods on the spot, with a market value of approximately 18.44 million. The goods included shark fin, fish maw, foreign wine, and health food.
During the operation, law enforcement officers seized 109 boxes and 21 bags of smuggled goods on trucks and shore, among which the most expensive 30-year-old whiskey was 30,000 yuan. (Photo by Huang Weimin)
Senior Inspector of Marine Police Regional Task Force, Ye Hau Kuan, pointed out that criminals had smuggled in the waters north of Lantau Island in the past two weeks. At 11pm the day before (3rd), the Marine Police and Customs launched a joint operation near Sham Shui Kok on the north of Lantau Island. The trail found a speedboat heading to the shore, and the speedboat berthed at the rocky beach. During the period, eight suspicious men walked out of the grass. They, together with the truck driver and nine people, transported the contents of the truck on the speedboat and used rollers and iron ladders to assist in the transportation.
Marine police and customs officers in ambush nearby took action. The 9 smugglers saw the smugglers abandon the cargo and fled. A total of 10 people, along with the speedboatman, fled to the mainland. During the operation, law enforcement officers seized 109 boxes and 21 bags of smuggled goods from trucks and shores, including 341 kilograms of fish maw, 228 kilograms of bird’s nest, 291 liters of foreign wine, shark fin, cigars, health food and brand-name handbags, among which the most expensive price was 3 The 30-year-old whiskey worth 10,000 yuan a stick, and the first seizure of Scottish and Japanese whiskey.
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Zhang Guoxian, commander of the Maritime Investigation Team of the Customs Maritime Division, said that the smuggled goods seized this time are quite diverse, and smugglers are suspected of using a "consolidation" model to transport the goods back to the mainland. Zhang pointed out that in response to the recent Hong Kong epidemic, mainland tourists were unable to come to Hong Kong for consumption, and criminals purchased different types of goods and then smuggled bulk cargo back to the mainland.
Zhang Guoxian said that as of August 4, this case was the 45th maritime smuggling case, with a total value of 280 million yuan seized and 157 people arrested. There were 55 maritime smuggling cases last year, with a total value of 162 million yuan and 86 arrests. There were 62 cases in the previous year, with a total value of 151 million yuan and 85 arrests. Zhang Guoxian pointed out that the number and value of smuggled items seized this year have increased.
The case is handed over to the customs for further investigation. According to the Import and Export Regulations, anyone who exports unmanifested cargo can be fined up to 2 million yuan and imprisoned for 7 years upon conviction. Shi Yangkang, the commander of the Marine Police Operations Support Team, said that the smuggling vessels involved were crossing the Lantau North area from left to right. As many smuggling vessels do not have safety equipment and the vessels are relatively simple and easy to pose a danger. The police stated that they have been strengthening intelligence collection and exchanges with Customs and Marine Department to combat smuggling at sea.
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