3rd December 2019 – (Hong Kong) A driver was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment today at Fanling Magistrates’ Courts for using a school bus carrying cross-boundary students to smuggle gold, in contravention of the Import and Export Ordinance (IEO). This is the first gold smuggling case involving a cross-boundary school bus detected by Hong Kong Customs.
Customs officers intercepted an incoming school bus carrying cross-boundary students at Man Kam To Control Point on July 28, 2017. Twelve gold bars weighing about 12 kilograms with an estimated market value of about HK$4.2 million were found concealed inside an altered structure near the front door of the bus. The 59-year-old male driver was then arrested.
Smuggling is a serious offence. Under the IEO, any person found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo is liable to a maximum fine of HK$2 million and imprisonment for seven years.