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NOTEBOOK – One Good Read: China says gang used drones to smuggle lots of smartphones


It turns out smugglers are getting more entrepreneurial as technology keeps evolving. This story certainly caught my eye with the thought and effort that went into this heist. CNN Money reports: “Chinese authorities busted a criminal ring that allegedly used drones to smuggle almost $80 million worth of Apple iPhones and other smartphones, according to state media. Chinese customs officials told state media the suspects illegally transported up to 15,000 devices per night across the border from Hong Kong to the neighboring city of Shenzhen. Authorities said the gang used drones to suspend two, 200-meter-long cables between buildings on either side of the border. Bags carrying smartphones were attached to the cables and then pulled over to Shenzhen.” I wonder if any trade deals will try to tackle this development. I mean, who wouldn’t want to smuggle in cheese curds from Wisconsin into Iowa?

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