Border patrol offers in China got a surprise recently when they inspected a cart full of beer bottles entering the country from Hong Kong. Some of the bottles — being transported by an elderly woman who stated they were for recycling — were noticeably heavier than others, prompting officials to break them open. Inside each bottle, they found three brand-new iPhones.
The bottles had been cut in half and taped back together after having the phones — a whopping 216 in all — placed inside. The phones were individually wrapped in plastic, then covered with a black cloth in hopes of further disguising them. All told, police recovered 76 bottles packed with Apple's iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S devices.
When questioned, the woman admitted that she knew about the bottles' contents, but needed the money. She'd been promised 200 Chinese yuan (about $31) by the smugglers who devised the scheme to avoid paying significant import taxes.
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