Hong Kong Customs arrested a man over suspected smuggling after 40 mobile phones were found strapped to his body at Shenzhen Bay Control point last Thursday.

The 39-year-old was heading into the mainland. The 40 phones had an estimated value of HK$35,000.

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Photo: GovHK.

“The batch of mobile phones was found strapped under his armpits and around his waist,” a Customs press release said.

The export of radiocommunications transmitting apparatus requires a licence. Those without a licence risk a year in prison or a HK$25,000 fine if convicted.

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Photo: GovHK.

Police have vowed to step up checks on the border as post-Covid travel resumes.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.