Smuggler busted with 102 Apple iPhones by Shenzhen, China customs officials

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A woman has been arrested in mainland China for smuggling 42 pounds of contraband into the country from Hong Kong, including 102 iPhones and fifteen high-end watches.




First reported by XMNN earlier in July, Shenzhen Louhu customs officers noticed a woman with unusual bulges and strange body proportions progressing through customs on her way back from Hong Kong on June 30. Pulled aside for search, the woman was found to have four layers of iPhones wrapped around her torso and waist, sealed in plastic and securely fitted.

Shenzhen officials claimed after the search that they normally spot smugglers with "less than a dozen" iPhones trying to get into the country, but periodically get people with 70 to 80 of the devices. For this squad, the 102 iPhones with 15 watches was a record.



The vast majority of devices appear to be from the iPhone 6 family, based on size and antenna shape. It is not immediately clear if the devices are genuine or clones. The story was first spotlighted by Kotaku.

Prices for the iPhone can vary greatly between the China mainland and Hong Kong, with devices costing up to 30 percent more in China's mainland because of taxes and other levies. It is unclear if the woman was forced to smuggle the devices, or is willingly part of a larger ring.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 16
    emig647emig647 Posts: 2,402member
    They made her point at it? :)
    StrangeDaysalmondroca
  • Reply 2 of 16
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 6,608member
    And in China she’ll probably get the death penalty with a bullet to the head and a bill for the bullet sent to her family.
    buzdots
  • Reply 3 of 16
    ceek74ceek74 Posts: 323member
    Dum dum. The limit is 100.
  • Reply 4 of 16
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,461member
    It is not immediately clear if the devices are genuine or clones. 
    While we can't be 100% certain, does it not seem ridiculous to smuggle into China counterfeit phones that are almost certainly made in China?
    StrangeDaysmike1buzdots[Deleted User]
  • Reply 5 of 16
    retrogustoretrogusto Posts: 698member
    Soli said:
    It is not immediately clear if the devices are genuine or clones. 
    While we can't be 100% certain, does it not seem ridiculous to smuggle into China counterfeit phones that are almost certainly made in China?
    If they're real iPhones, they could also be made by Foxconn in Shenzhen, the city where she was caught.
    Soli
  • Reply 6 of 16
    tzm41tzm41 Posts: 78member
    lkrupp said:
    And in China she’ll probably get the death penalty with a bullet to the head and a bill for the bullet sent to her family.
    Ha ha ha, funny /s
    Solichia[Deleted User]
  • Reply 7 of 16
    maestro64maestro64 Posts: 4,414member
    But the analysis keep saying that People in China are not buying iphone, they the android guys are taking over.
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 8 of 16
    volcanvolcan Posts: 1,763member
    iPhones are about $100-200 cheaper in Hong Kong than in mainland China. Why, I'm not sure of since I thought Hong Kong is actually part of China.
  • Reply 9 of 16
    chiachia Posts: 692member
    Meanwhile officials have an easier time spotting those smuggling the Samsung Note 7.

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  • Reply 10 of 16
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 6,508member
    chia said:
    Meanwhile officials have an easier time spotting those smuggling the Samsung Note 7.

    bahahahah! good one.
  • Reply 11 of 16
    anton zuykovanton zuykov Posts: 1,031member
    emig647 said:
    They made her point at it? :)
    Chinese "law" enforcement will make you do anything ... unless you wanna disappear without a trace, of course.
    edited July 2017
  • Reply 12 of 16
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 4,555member
    emig647 said:
    They made her point at it? :)
    China. 
  • Reply 13 of 16
    tokyojimutokyojimu Posts: 389member
    In the U.S., a woman with strange bulges wouldn't be out of the ordinary. 
    anton zuykov
  • Reply 14 of 16
    lukeilukei Posts: 329member
    volcan said:
    iPhones are about $100-200 cheaper in Hong Kong than in mainland China. Why, I'm not sure of since I thought Hong Kong is actually part of China.
    It is a Special Administrative Region of China. Main difference is no VAT or import duty. 
  • Reply 15 of 16
    volcan said:
    iPhones are about $100-200 cheaper in Hong Kong than in mainland China. Why, I'm not sure of since I thought Hong Kong is actually part of China.
    Hong Kong was taken by the British back in 1841, in 1997 it rejoined China but not fully. HK still retains it's own political and economical sovereignty (taxes etc.) but for stuff like defence and foreign affairs; China handles that. So it's quite possible that iPhones can cost much less in Hong Kong than in mainland China
    edited July 2017
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