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Drones used to smuggle over $ 260 million in iPhones to China

As technology advances, it seems that criminals are also catching up and creating ever-more-minded ways to cheat.

That's what happened in Hong Kong, where smugglers were using drones to carry iPhones which, by then, are cheaper for mainland China.

Smuggling Drone from iPhones

As told to Reutersauthorities arrested 26 suspects who used drones to carry two 200-meter cables between Hong Kong and mainland China, with refurbished iPhones worth 500 million yuan (over $ 260 million).

The gang of criminals worked at dawn, after midnight, and using small drone bags, could pass 10 iPhones within seconds. The estimate was that they could smuggle up to 15,000 iPhones in a single night.

Drone regulations are very important in China, as the country is the largest producer of drones for consumption. The rules regarding them are quite new, instituted last year to prevent some aircraft accidents, and require device owners to register them (up to a certain weight).

O Cool Daily He said that this is the first case found in China where drones are used to commit "cross-border smuggling" crimes, at least to their knowledge. I just hope this fashion doesn't catch on.

via 9to5Mac