A haul of contraband foreign cigarettes worth 5.1 million HKD has been seized by Hong Kong customs officers before the cigs made it across the border, much to the delight of China’s state-owned tobacco companies.
According to NetEase, Hong Kong customs held a press conference yesterday to announce they had stopped a container truck carrying 1.9 MILLION packs of cigarettes across the border. The 47-year-old truck driver was taken into custody for further investigations into the smuggling ring.
The smugglers’ hiding place appears to have been a bit unimaginative, as photos show a stash of cigarette cartons concealed inside of an innocent-looking sofa. Police demonstrated that the design of the sofa had been tailor-made with secret zippers inside the fabric. A spokesman from the Hong Kong Customs Revenue and General Investigation Bureau pointed out some other sly hiding places where contraband had previously been discovered, such as inside dubiously mislabeled boxes.
While this might impress a HK customs spokesman, cigs in sofas doesn’t do much for us. We’ve seen it all: pants filled with turtles, underwear laden with diamonds, and of course, anal cavities stuffed with gold.
Police in Shandong showed off a much more impressive bust at the end of July with 961 sheets of python skin.
by Daniel Cunningham
[Images via NetEase]