Smuggler caught in China with 94 Apple iPhones strapped to his body

Smuggler caught in China with 94 Apple iPhones strapped to his body
Busted! A Hong Kong man was nabbed by Chinese customs officials on Sunday, trying to cross the border with 94 Apple iPhones strapped to his body. The value of the phones was in excess of $49,000. The man attracted the attention of officials near a crossing in Shenzhen, a city in southern China that borders Hong Kong.

The smuggler appeared to be carrying a heavy load despite traveling light. This raised the suspicions of customs agents who found nothing unusual in two plastic bags he was carrying. But when he went through the metal detector, it went off. Taken into a room and stripped of his shirt and pants, the 94 iPhones could easily be seen, covered by shrink wrap and secured by duct tape wrapped around his chest, abdomen, crotch and thighs.

Most people reading this story in other publications wouldn't care, but we know our readers would want to know exactly which iPhone models were involved. The man had the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 5s strapped to his body. Smugglers are playing a game of price arbitrage. In Hong Kong, a 64GB Apple iPhone 6 goes for $820 while the exact same model costs $1000 in China. With demand for the Apple iPhone 6 red hot in the country, crime organizations can pay a guy to smuggle as many iPhones as possible from Hong Kong to China where they are sold at a profit.

Since December, Shenzhen officials say they have caught 18 smugglers with electronics to their bodies, and have confiscated 282 iPhones.

Thanks for the tip Audrey!

source: WPLG/CNN

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1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now this is gonna be good. Let the comments begin.

3. Rydsmith unregistered

Says the man that comes here 90% of the time to antagonize in the comments. There is no nice way to say this but the majority of the time it's your comments that are the one people roll their eyes at.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If you think I care, or that comment is bothering, then you need the get laid ASAP. There is no way to say this, but 100% of the time: IDGAF!!!! :D

43. Phonecall01 unregistered

Haha... you kinda proving his point !


Posts: 290; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

thanks for confirming that you are, in fact, that goddam stupid. You just proved his point, champ.

34. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


41. engineer-1701d unregistered

this apples real sales numbers stupid little people

7. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I agree. The whining will start soon.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31280; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yep, and it's gonna be some good b******g going on from camp droid. Hey Rydsmith! Read post 17, when you get a chance bro.

44. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Wow a late 30's grown man acting like a child. You are the new Richard Yarrell or are you him? hmmmmm Yo dark read post 44 when you get a chance, oh wait ya just did.

46. g2a5b0e unregistered

Lol @ Richard Yarrell! That guy is legendary. Never seen a bigger fanboy zealot in my life! +1

38. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I was going to come in here and say: "looks like darkk's brother from another mother is workin' it...", but I digress...

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

another dumb ifan trick..

18. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I agree he's dumb for being caught but he would of been 49k dollars richer if he hadnt got caught. That's pretty smart if you ask me :)

27. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

1000-820=180×94=16920 not 49k. Even not the same number you said but still alot of money. He is quite greedy if you ask me, so greedy forgot the rude of thumb dont make it so obvious that he cant walk.

36. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

1000-820 is not equal to 180x94.

47. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not sure if you're being sassy or you really don't understand the simple math he did.

48. g2a5b0e unregistered

You also have to keep in mind that he's gonna have other expenses (travel & such) & he may not have even bought all the devices with his own money, which means he'd be sharing the profits. Probably not worth the trouble.

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

iRon Man 6 lel

8. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I salute you.

39. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

LOL...that had me...

5. Fallen1

Posts: 288; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

So did he think the phones where made of plastic???

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Well the iPhone is a steal.

19. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014


9. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

China is not a country you want to get caught breaking any laws. There are worse places, but still...

10. Cyagocaliz unregistered

So what's his name? Should we call them iPhoneMan?

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Do you have any Android phone for sale?

12. centurions

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

why not iphone 6 plus ?

15. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

They're too big so they won't be able to fit enough on his body.

14. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

94...? H-how is that even possible?

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