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  1. 'Phone-up cigarettes' a problem for officers

    Posted Mar 06th 2009, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... 'Counterfeits sell for HK$60 to HK$90 a package and smuggled genuine cigarettes cost HK$120 to HK$160 a package,' he said. The illegal trade is focused on Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Sham Shui Po and Wan ... arrested, and HK$900,000 worth of cigarettes. To stop smuggling from the mainland, officers stepped up inspections at control points. They arrested five drivers, seized HK$6.5 million of illicit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672259/phone-cigarettes-problem-officers
  2. News - Hong Kong - DRUGS

    Unemployed decorator smuggled HK$1m of Ice to pay for heart surgery: customs

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 05:05pm by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo clifford.lo@scmp.com Man, 56, was offered HK$10,000 that he needed to have a pacemaker installed, officers say An unemployed man tried to smuggle HK$1 million worth of the drug Ice from Shenzhen to Hong Kong to make HK$10,000 he needed to pay for heart surgery, customs officers said on Wednesday. The 56-year-old former decorator was intercepted at the Lok Ma Chau ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1530116/unemployed-decorator-smuggled-hk1m-ice-pay-heart-surgery-customs
  3. Police seize smuggled furs and computer disks worth HK$20m

    Posted Mar 07th 2009, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Marine police made the largest seizure to date of smuggled mink furs yesterday in Yau Tong. Officers from the Marine East division had been staking out the area as part of a week-long anti-smuggling operation, according to Senior Inspector Lam Kwok-chu. They seized 13,970 mink furs, with an estimated value of HK$17 million. The furs were found among 193 cartons ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/672398/police-seize-smuggled-furs-and-computer-disks-worth-hk20m
  4. HK$21m worth of fake goods seized by air cargo customs

    Posted Oct 04th 2008, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... goods to the Middle East because of growing demand. He said the use of air cargo to smuggle goods was an expensive but quick way to deliver fakes, especially the latest mobile phones and memory ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/655027/hk21m-worth-fake-goods-seized-air-cargo-customs
  5. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    Pangolin scales worth HK$17m found hidden in shipments from Africa

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 06:35pm by Clifford Lo

    ... "It is believed that the two shipments of pangolin scales belong to the same smuggling syndicate," Wong said. There have been three other major seizures of pangolin scales since 2008. Hui Wai-ming, group head of the department's syndicate crimes investigation bureau, said there was no evidence to suggest that Hong Kong was being used as a transit hub to smuggle endangered ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1534140/pangolin-scales-worth-hk17m-found-hidden-shipments-africa
  6. News - Hong Kong - CRIME

    100-fold rise in seizures of illegal 'red gold' timber

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 03:16am by Clifford Lo

    ... in India," he said. "After it is smuggled into the mainland, it is sold for as much as HK$1,500 per kilogram." Red sandalwood is listed as endangered under the Convention on International ... intelligence to curb smuggling. The 10-tonne shipment seized last month was a result of that intelligence work. "The container was declared to be carrying machines," he said. "When ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1544450/100-fold-rise-seizures-illegal-red-gold-timber
  7. HK$11m worth of smuggled goods seized

    Posted Jun 25th 2009, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Law enforcement officers seized HK$11 million worth of goods in two operations described as dealing a heavy blow to two syndicates that use speedboats to smuggle high-valued ... Police would try different tactics to tackle the problem, he said. The operations are part of an ongoing crackdown that has busted 30 smuggling cases since January and seized HK$54.4 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/684753/hk11m-worth-smuggled-goods-seized
  8. HK$21m haul seized in Tai O, but suspects flee

    Posted Oct 30th 2009, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Marine police seized HK$21 million worth of furs, computer hard disks and mobile-phone components in a raid on a smuggling operation in Tai O, Lantau, on Wednesday night. ... or smuggled goods in the past year. It was also the first time police had found Tai O being used as a loading dock for smuggling activities, she said. 'It's a remote location and very quiet ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/696833/hk21m-haul-seized-tai-o-suspects-flee
  9. Trade in illicit cigarettes soars after 50pc tax increase

    Posted Apr 10th 2009, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... Clifford Lo Seizures of smuggled illicit cigarettes and sales of such cigarettes rose sharply last month, in the wake of the increased cigarette tax in February's budget, the Customs and Excise Department said yesterday. It reported a 127 per cent rise in cases of smuggling, distribution, sales and storage- from 126 in March last year to 287 last month. There were 639 cases ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/676367/trade-illicit-cigarettes-soars-after-50pc-tax-increase
  10. The dial-a-pack cigarette gangs

    Posted Mar 01st 2009, 12:00am by Clifford Lo

    ... by phone, the sources say. Customs chiefs are braced for a rise in tobacco smuggling following the 50 per cent rise in tobacco duties announced in last week's budget speech. The increase pushed ... visitors, housewives, drug addicts and Vietnamese residents had been recruited to distribute the goods and run the business, this source said. Counterfeits sell for HK$6 to HK$10 a pack; smuggled ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/671595/dial-pack-cigarette-gangs

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