12 smugglers have been arrested following an audacious attempt to smuggle 76 kg of gold over the boarder from Hong Kong into the mainland.
Within the past year, custom officers have stopped people trying to smuggle bizarre items: from shell-shocked turtles, to live lobster, but this might be the most lucrative catch so far.
The smugglers, 7 originating from the mainland and 5 from Hong Kong, were caught at Shenzhen Bay Port with the haul of gold worth around 21 million yuan ($3.15 million), making this the largest gold smuggling case in the past year.
Under interrogation one smuggler told authorities that they were shifting the gold for someone else who was paying them 80 yuan per gram, or about 6 million yuan ($0.9 million) for the lot.
Officials noticed the 12 amateurs with little luggage and acting nervously. They were pulled aside for inspection and each was found to be carrying 6-7 gold bars in secret compartments built into their pants.
Could this be some of the gold from the biggest heist 2 years ago?
By Sarah Lin
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