China's customs officials have eliminated traffickers who used drones to take iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. They managed to transport reconditioned iPhones worth 500 million yuan (79.8 million dollars) before the operation was arrested, according to Reuters.
Under the protection of darkness, the group of 26 used the unspecified drones to "fly two 200-meter (660-foot) cables between Hong Kong and the mainland." From there, they loaded around 10 iPhones in small bags and sent each one the cable system. The smugglers could move up to 15,000 iPhones each night, so they managed to make things work quite efficiently.
The legal daily Legal Daily reported that this is "the first case found in China that drones were used in cross-border smuggling crimes." As a result, Shenzhen customs plans to monitor this high-tech smuggling. – perhaps using their own drones to help combat illegal cross-border activity.
Last year, China implemented a policy that requires owners of civil unmanned aircraft over a certain weight to register their flight devices with their real names. As is the case in the USA. UU And in other places, China has experienced its share of drone incidents, which has caused delays or interruptions in flights. In the United States, drone owners must register any device over 0.55 pounds.