Border officials have uncovered a ‘professional’ 40-metre underground smuggling tunnel linking Hong Kong to the mainland…
The tunnel was complete with lighting, pulleys, air vents and a rail track. A government website in China said that the passage had “one end in a rented garage in Shenzhen and another in a thicket of reeds in Hong Kong, totally concealed… it was dug in a totally professional way.”
By assessing its design, mainland authorities believe the passageway was built in order to import phones, hard drives, tablet computers and luxury goods. It measured a metre in height and 0.8 metres in width – just enough for an adult to crawl through.
The project was estimated to have cost almost half-a-million US dollars, taking around four months to construct. Officials became aware of it after nearby residents complained of drilling noises.
They found cement, mining drills and several pumps at the Shenzhen site, which was surrounded by barbed wire. It appeared to be incomplete as it stopped around 20-metres from its probable destination.
The Shenzhen garage was rented under a fake name though the police have arrested a man and the tunnel has been destroyed.
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