The trial started this month of a former traffic police officer charged with running a car-smuggling operation in Guangxi province. Huang Xianghuan, also a deputy director of the Yinzhou motor vehicle inspection centre, is accused of being behind a move to get the centre to forge an alliance with Zhongshan Jianhua Automobile United Enterprise to set up another office in Yinzhou. The Jianhua Yinzhou office was involved in smuggling Honda Accords and Mitsubishi Pajeros through Yunnan province, the court heard. The emblems on the cars were replaced with the Jianhua symbol, JHB, so the cars could be passed off as having been produced on the mainland. Selling them below market price, the office sold more than 200 vehicles, raking in more than six million yuan (HK$5.6 million). According to the Nanfang Zhoumo, Huang and his six main cohorts also embezzled 12 million yuan between 1993 and 1996. As all car owners must register at the motor vehicle inspection centre, Huang used his power to arbitrarily charge extra fees and often would not record the transactions. He also demanded contributions when car owners arrived for their annual registration. Only a little more than one million yuan has been recovered. It is unclear how the rest of the money was squandered. At the time of his arrest, Huang was serving as the deputy director of Pubei county's Public Security Bureau.