A 9-year-old boy was forced by his mother to pass 40 iPhone X in China
The young child was caught trying to smuggle dozens of iPhone Xs worth at least £43,000 from Macau to mainland China.
The nine-year-old boy from Hong Kong had 14 Apple smartphones wrapped around his chest and 26 others hidden in his backpack, according to Chinese customs officials.
The terrified child admitted that his mother had asked him to carry the iPhone and meet her on the other side of the border in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, reports Mailonline.
According to the Gongbei District Customs in Zhuhai, officers noticed a boy traveling alone from Macao on July 4 through the green channel.
They arrested the child, known as the Li family, to search.
The officers were shocked to find that Li was wearing 40 iPhone X – on his body as well as in his bag. The latest iPhone X model sells for 9,605 yuan (£1,087) a unit in Apple stores in China.
After being stopped by the officers, the boy was apparently terrified.
The crying child refused to reveal where he was to meet his mother, fearing that his mother would go to jail. His mother had already been arrested also for smuggling.
The customs officers then managed to get in touch with the boy’s mother, Ms. Li, after calming and comforting the child.
Ms. Li went to the Gongbei District Customs Office to help her son complete the cross-border payment process.
Gongbei Custom said the mother had already been arrested for mobile phone traffic across the Lowu border between Hong Kong and China in April.