Hong Kong police seize furs, sandalwood and electronic goods worth HK$7m in anti-smuggling raid

Items seized late at night at Wong Shek pier in Sai Kung; six smugglers escape in mainland Chinese speedboat

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 20 June, 2017, 6:20pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 20 June, 2017, 6:20pm

Almost HK$7 million worth of smuggled goods destined for the mainland were confiscated by Hong Kong police during an anti-smuggling operation in Sai Kung East Country Park on Monday night. But six smugglers managed to flee on a mainland Chinese speedboat with a coxswain on board.

The operation was mounted on Monday night after police received a tip-off.

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At about 10.30pm on Monday, six men were found loading boxes from a car on to a speedboat berthed at Wong Shek pier on Pak Tam Road in Sai Kung East Country Park, according to police.

As officers moved in, the six men abandoned the car and boxes of goods and jumped on to the speedboat which sped towards the mainland.

Officers seized 300kg of fur, 48kg of suspected sandalwood, 45kg of bird’s nest, about 2,000 mobile phones and five boxes of electronic components.

“The haul has an estimated market value of HK$6.9 million,” a police spokesman said.

Police said the Customs and Excise Department would follow up the case.