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Photos Show How Man Smuggled 94 iPhones into China

by Todd Haselton | January 12, 2015January 12, 2015 12:30 pm PST

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 are available in China, but it can still be lucrative for smugglers to bring the devices in from other countries, particularly if they can be purchased elsewhere at lower prices to sell on the black market. How is this done? We imagine a number of ways, but photos posted by Sina recently show how one man attempted to smuggle 94 iPhones into the country.

The man, whose face is blocked out, apparently taped all of the devices around his torso and then covered them with clothes. Obviously this wouldn’t be an easy task to do through an airport, but the criminal apparently made his way into China through the Futian Port in Shenzhen between China and Hong Kong. Even there, though, the metal detectors caught him in the act.

It appears that most of the phones caught in the smuggling act were iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s units (though there’s clearly a mix of devices); at about 3.95 ounces each, that adds up to 371.3 ounces, or 23.2 pounds of extra weight. Guess he wasn’t planning on running anywhere.

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Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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