Chinese Customs Arrest 12 in Gongbei On Suspicion of Smuggling Over 49 Tonnes of Diesel
June 02: Chinese customs have arrested a criminal organization suspected of smuggling over 49 tonnes of diesel through two fishing boats and three refuelling ships.
Twelve people were arrested in the smuggling case, according to the customs of Gongbei Port, south China’s Guangdong Province (just north of Macau).
An investigation has found that mariners hired by domestic businessmen drove boats to smuggle diesel from Hong Kong to Zhuhai in Guangdong, before further selling to domestic boats.
About 310 tonnes of diesel worth 1.8 million yuan (about 260,900 U.S. dollars) has been smuggled into the mainland since March this year. A further investigation is underway.