Fishy business: Chinese fishermen caught smuggling iPhones hidden under catch

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 July, 2016, 3:41pm
UPDATED : Monday, 04 July, 2016, 3:41pm

A group of fishermen in southern China has been caught smuggling smartphones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen hidden in fish buckets, mainland media reports.

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Police in Shenzhen Bay stopped a speed boat travelling towards a port in Shenzhen and confiscated 370 iPhone 6 and 6 plus units worth 2 million yuan (HK$2.3 million), China News Agency reported on Sunday.

The border force officers spotted something fishy about the three fishermen, who appeared to be nervous, during a regular patrol in the early hours of Wednesday.

The 370 smartphones were found wrapped in plastic bags underneath the day’s catch of fish in the buckets.

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The crew members were quoted in the report as saying they were approached by an unknown man who promised to pay them 1,000 yuan (HK$1,168) to smuggle iPhones from Hong Kong to the mainland, and they were not aware of the serious consequences.

The police are investigating the case.