Women with banknotes taped to their bodies tried to carry more than HK$13 million across mainland Chinese border

The women attempted to enter Hong Kong through the Luohu crossing during morning rush hour

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 August, 2017, 7:12pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 August, 2017, 7:21pm

Two Hong Kong women were on Wednesday arrested at a border checkpoint after mainland Chinese customs officers found more than HK$13 million in foreign currency taped to their bodies and hidden in their handbags, a mainland news agency reported.

The women attempted to enter Hong Kong through the Luohu crossing, that links to the Lo Wu immigration control point, during the morning rush hour, according to Shenzhen Special Zone Daily.

Shenzhen customs officers grew suspicious over the women’s shifty behaviour and slackened long-sleeved upper garments, the agency reported.

“Customs officers checked a handbag carried by one of the women and found 10 bundles of US banknotes,” the report said.

During a body search, bundles of US dollars and euros were found taped around the woman’s waist.

The same was found on the other woman.

Shenzhen customs officers confiscated a total of US$906,000 (HK$7.09 million) and 655,000 (HK$6.12 million).

Under mainland law, travellers are in general allowed to carry up to US$5,000 (HK$39,000) in foreign currency and 20,000 yuan (HK$23,700) over the border without declaring the money. However, the cash limit also depends on the number of exits the same individual makes within a certain period.

Shenzhen Customs reminded travellers to abide the restrictions or apply for permits from related authorities, the agency reported.