Record-breaking Hong Kong smuggled £ 19.8million bust includes shark fins and endangered plants | World news
Shark fins and endangered plants are among a consignment of contraband goods, including luxury handbags and cigars which were seized by customs officials in Hong Kong for an estimated value of $ 26.9 million (£ 19.8million)
Authorities said Thursday it was their biggest smuggling failure on record.
The government said the smuggling network was operated using speedboats and four trucks were also impounded.
On September 23, customs officials and maritime police raided a warehouse in the northern New Territories, near mainland China.
A 34-year-old man was arrested in the operation which began in June.
“This is the largest case of smuggling of all forms of smuggling by air, sea and land detected by customs in terms of value seized,” said a government statement.
The record-breaking Hong Kong $ 210 million transport was gang-sourced around the world and destined for mainland China.
According to the South China Morning Post, the 9.7 tonnes of fins, worth HK $ 110 million (£ 10.4 million), were taken from some 15,000 animals, including thresher sharks endangered.
He reported that the time it took to categorize, count and weigh the vast shipment, and to verify the endangered species involved, caused the delay in releasing details of the raid – citing Chief Superintendent Mark Woo Wai-kwan , of the customs union. crime investigation office.
Shark fins are a delicacy in southern Chinese cuisine.
The property seized also included cell phones, tablets and luxury watches and wallets.