According to a recent trend, border smugglers have deviated from their usual mobile phone smuggling tricks and trained their eyesight on computer parts. In fact, it has even been seen that long-distance drivers attach CPUs to their bodies in order to smuggle them. This is the level of despair reached, as the scarcity of chips remains a feature of contemporary industry.
In one case, on June 16, the Hong Kong Customs Department intercepted two drivers crossing the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge. elbows in technology.
The two tried to smuggle a total of 256 Intel Core i7 10700 i The flagship Core i9 10900K CPUs, after tying high-end processors all over the body with cling film, says HKPC.
Another attempt to smuggle CPU, which is believed to be related to the first, was thwarted only ten days later in the same step. This time, 52 Intel chips were detected by the scanners, placed between the front seats. The total value of the related instances is estimated at about $ 128,700.
And a few days ago, Hong Kong Customs reported the confiscation of a "batch of alleged smuggled goods at the Lok Ma Chau checkpoint." The release included more than 2,200 CPUs, more than 1,000 RAMs, 630 ish smartphones … oh, and some makeup. All this equipment, just wrapped in boxes full of random electronic parts. Its value was estimated at around $ 4 million.
With the prices of PC parts moving to the sky and components being so hard to come by, this trend in computer hardware smuggling is likely to continue. But with a "maximum fine of $ 2 million and seven years in prison," as Hong Kong customs noted, it's no wonder these guys looked so nervous.
I was a little disappointed to learn that none of the latest busts involved people sticking parts of the computer to their bodies, but you can’t have it all.