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Hong Kong Customs busts largest smuggling case in past 12 years

Photo taken on Dec. 4, 2020 shows part of suspected smuggled goods. (Xinhua)

Photo taken on Dec. 4, 2020 shows part of suspected smuggled goods. (Xinhua)

HONG KONG, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) — Hong Kong Customs and the Marine Police detected a suspected speedboat-related smuggling case Thursday and seized goods with an estimated market value of about 80 million Hong Kong dollars (about 10.3 million U.S. dollars), the largest smuggling case in the past 12 years, the customs said Friday.

A batch of suspected smuggled goods, including electronic products, high-value food and medicines as well as premium cosmetics were seized.

Customs officers arrested three men, aged between 36 and 46, who were suspected to be connected with the case. Four vehicles suspected to be related to the case were also detained. An investigation is ongoing.

Smuggling is a serious offense. Under the Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo is liable to a maximum fine of two million Hong Kong dollars (about 258,000 U.S. dollars) and imprisonment for seven years. Enditem

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