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Hong Kong Customs foils smuggling bid through fishing vessel

Hong Kong Customs foils smuggling bid through fishing vessel

HONG KONG: Customs has conducted an operation against sea smuggling and detected a case of smuggling by a fishing vessel in Hong Kong’s western waters.

During the operation, some 320kg of pangolin scales, 442 handheld game consoles, 2119 mobile phones, a small quantity of methamphetamine, methamphetamine inhalation apparatuses and a fishing vessel with a total value of over $3.6 million were seized. Two men aged 34 and 40 were arrested.

Officers of the Customs Marine Enforcement Group spotted a suspicious fishing vessel leaving Hong Kong off Tap Shek Kok, Tuen Mun. When officers took enforcement action, the vessel immediately accelerated and fled. The fishing vessel was finally intercepted off Sha Chau.