Not your average catch! Chinese fishermen were caught by Shenzhen authorities trying to smuggle iPhones from Hong Kong into the mainland. The iPhones were cleverly concealed inside buckets, underneath their daily catch of fish.
Border patrol officers stopped a group of fishermen traveling by speed boat early last Wednesday morning. The men appeared to be on edge about something, so officers decided to take a closer look.
To their surprise, they found that fish weren’t the only thing onboard. In addition, they discovered 370 iPhones wrapped in plastic, concealed beneath a layer of fish. Police seized the iPhones (dunno about the fish), which are worth around 2 million yuan, NetEase reports.
The fishermen admitted to the officers that they were being paid 1,000 yuan to smuggle the iPhones into the mainland, though they said they were unaware of the consequences, according to SCMP.
As further investigations are being conducted, fishermen be warned! The only catch of the day you should be returning with is fish, not smuggled goods.
By Robin Winship
[Images via NetEase]