Smugglers caught at Sai Kung pier

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 19 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 19 May, 2007, 12:00am

Two men were arrested at a pier in Sai Kung district attempting to smuggle electronic products worth HK$19 million to the mainland.

The pair were arrested as the goods were being unloaded from two vans onto three speedboats berthed at Wong Shek pier on Thursday evening.

Police said the goods included computer hard disks, central processing units and watch components, which are in high demand on the mainland and were being smuggled to avoid taxes of up to 30 per cent.

Officers of the marine regional taskforce and small boat division were conducting an anti-smuggling operation when the three boats were seen in Nam She Wan heading into Long Harbour and two vans were spotted approaching the pier shortly afterwards. When police approached, the suspects unloading the goods fled aboard the speedboats. Police boats were unable to catch the vessels before they entered mainland waters.

'A 36-year-old male driver was arrested for assisting in exporting unmanifested cargo after failing to produce a valid manifest,' said Mark Anstiss, acting senior superintendent of the small boat division of the marine police.

A 34-year-old male driver surrendered to the police shortly afterwards and was arrested for the same offence. A total of 219 boxes of contraband products, including 5,000 computer hard disks, 600 central processing units and 110,000 watch parts, were seized.

The two men were still being detained for questioning last night and no charges had been laid.

Investigations by the regional crime unit of the marine police were proceeding.

On April 30 Shenzhen customs officers arrested a Hong Kong man as he attempted to smuggle 139,140 optical discs and 338 computer display cards on a speedboat.


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