The operation, carried out Wednesday, is believed to be the biggest-ever anti-smuggling raid in Hong Kong and involved more than 80 officers from the police, customs department and labour department, according to the South China Morning Post.
Those arrested included one Hong Kong man and 43 mainland Chinese men and women, who were crossing the border several times a day, ferrying goods to sell for a profit in China.
Officers seized goods, such as mobile phones, tablet computers and bottles of wine, worth 2.3 million Hong Kong dollars (300 000
The customs department said the Hong Kong man was arrested on suspicion of employing illegal workers, while the others were arrested for breaching the conditions of stay of multiple-entry visas which allow them to come to Hong Kong to visit relatives.
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