Customs officials at the Liantangalways attentive to the usual movement of travelers in and out, did not expect to come across a situation as unusual as that.

In the midst of the daily routine, one woman in particular began to arouse suspicion the moment she entered the place. Her appearance was visibly disproportionate — a large bust stood out among the other newly arrived travelers, something that, in itself, perhaps would not arouse such curiosity. However, it was her erratic and nervous behavior that caught the attention of customs agents, trained to notice such nuances in people’s conduct.

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Subtle but unmistakable signs, such as evasive glances and a slight uneasiness in their gestures, led the team to decide on a more careful approach. The agent closely observed the passenger and suspected that there was something strangely unnatural about her appearance. His intuition proved correct when the seizure revealed the 350 Nintendo Switch cartridges hidden inside her bra.

The technique of hiding illegal objects in this way is not new, but it is certainly rare for a case of such magnitude to occur. The electronic games, products highly valued both in terms of price and demand, totaled approximately 70,000 yuan (US$9,660), thus exposing the seriousness of the fraud attempt.

Chinese law does not turn a blind eye to these illicit activities; As stipulated in Article 7 of the Regulation on Customs Administrative Penalties, subterfuge used to circumvent standard and mandatory inspection procedures are strictly prohibited. If they were legitimate operations, without the intention of circumventing customs, the rules still provide for severe penalties that could multiply the financial consequences of the illicit act.

The Port of Liantang, located in the city of Shenzhen — which is known for being a true economic engine in China and stands out mainly for its proximity to Hong Kong — opened in early February 2023, becomes another important point of bilateral transit after its official opening.

It connects directly to the Heung Yuen Tai Checkpoint in Hong Kong and promises to be a vital artery in relieving the pressure exerted by the volumes of travelers on the region’s other already overburdened border posts, thereby easing the movement of people and goods, but also placing testing the efficiency and vigilance of customs teams.

Source: Tom’s Hardware


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