“He walked at a really slow pace:” Man sets new record – strapping 146 phones to his body in smuggling attempt

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(CNN) — A man has set a new record for largest number of iPhones attempted to be smuggled into the Chinese mainland after being caught with 146 of the devices strapped to his body.

The man, who was caught on March 6 by the Luohu customs authority at a border cross in Shenzhen City, south China’s Guangdong Province, said he bought the iPhones in Hong Kong, and planned to sell them in Shenzhen for a profit.

Profit from selling goods purchased from Hong Kong in the Chinese mainland due to lower tax rates in Hong Kong has lured some people into illegally bringing goods across the border by exploiting the multiple-entry visa rules.

Customs officers said during their routine check, they noticed that the man was suspiciously walking slow carrying only a small bag on his shoulder.

“He walked at a really slow pace with a strangely stiffened back,” said an officer.

The officers required the man to go through a metal scanner which kept beeping when as the man passed.

“The man explained it was the metal accessories he wore on his body, but we didn’t believe him,” said the officer.

Taking the man into a room for a thorough check, officers found 146 iPhones strapped on the man’s body.

The man strapped 126 of the devices around his waist as if wearing a belt, and another 20 were found on his legs, said officers.