An ingenious yet ultimately unsuccessful smuggler tried to carry 18 iPhone 6 Plus smartphones over the border from Hong Kong using a secret compartment built into his bike.
According to NetEase, the man, surnamed Shen, was stopped on April 19 by authorities on the Chinese side of the border. While at first the officers on duty thought nothing of the man, they became suspicious after he appeared nervous and began hesitating while answering routine questions.
After conducting a more thorough search of Shen and his belongings, they soon discovered the compartment from which officers removed 18 iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, worth approximately 130,000 yuan ($21,000).
Smugglers routinely attempt to bring iPhones and other high value electronics from Hong Kong into mainland China, where the so-called “parallel traders” exploit the lower duties found in the former British colony to make a tidy profit.
Following several years of protests, governments on both sides of the border have taken measures to reduce the number of mainlanders entering Hong Kong, starting by clamping down on the ability of Shenzhen residents to move freely between the two cities.
By Dominic Jackson