What is this bullshit ?! You know that when traffickers start filming it on their bodies, there's less. The global chip crisis and computer-generated problems seem to have prompted drivers to rally around the CPU to get goods out of the border and ignore them — at least not in the traditional smuggling pit.
On June 16, Hong Kong customs officials found the driver and an assistant truck driver crossing the Hong Kong-Chou-Macao Bridge suspiciously while searching for their vehicle. Nothing unusual was found, but the officers discovered something wrong while making the driver safe.
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The pair were found to have connected 256 Intel Core i7-10700 and Core i9-10900K processors worth 800,000 yuan. According to the Hong Kong website HKEPC, or 123,000 dollars for calves and their stumps, using duct tape.
But that wasn't the end of the story. PC Gamer wrote that another smuggling attempt, believed to be related to the first case, occurred ten days later at the same crossing. This time, 52 Intel chips were detected between the driver's seat and front passenger seat.
Shoppers tried again this week, but without the sticky film. Hong Kong Customs said it confiscated 2,200 CPUs and 1,000 RAM units from a container truck (pictured above). It also included 630 smartphones and, oddly enough, 70 cosmetics. The total value of the shipments appearing on the market was about 4 million dollars. Customs warned that the offenses could result in a "maximum fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years."
Although we are seeing improvement in pricing and hardware availability, especially in China, where graphics cards are mainly sold by ex-miners, there is still a lot of demand and money to be made with unethical types. . I'm not sure it's worth seven years behind bars. p>
Smugglers cling to 256 CPUs as demand for chips increases