Customs foils attempt to smuggle 250 gemstones disguised in TEMPO tissues at West Kowloon Station

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20th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) At the West Kowloon Station recently, vigilant customs officers intercepted a woman who appeared visibly anxious during routine passenger and baggage inspections. The subsequent investigation revealed a startling discovery: the woman had concealed a total of 250 gemstones, including emeralds and blue sapphires, within TEMPO tissue paper packets.

According to an official statement released by the Chinese Customs, the alertness of the officers led them to apprehend the suspicious individual for a thorough inspection. Two packets of tissue paper found in the woman’s jacket pocket contained three separate bags of gemstones, comprising 239 emeralds and 11 blue sapphires. The total estimated value of this illicit haul exceeded 100,000 Chinese yuan.

The Chinese Customs has taken this opportunity to remind the public of the legal consequences associated with smuggling activities. Under Article 7 of the  Customs Law of the People’s Republic of China, any attempt to evade customs supervision by concealing, disguising, withholding, misreporting, or engaging in any other illicit means to transport, carry, or mail prohibited or restricted goods, as well as goods subject to lawful taxation, constitutes smuggling. Offenders will face legal repercussions for their actions.