35 held for Pearl River estuary oil products smuggling

China | 28 Oct 2020 11:22 pm

Marine police in Guangdong province said today they uncovered a criminal gang smuggling more than 40,000 tons of finished oil products since 2019, Xinhuua reports.

The gang members were involved in cases worth about 300 million yuan.

More than 600 law enforcement officials participated in the operation on October 22, with 35 suspects captured and over 500 tons of smuggled finished oil products, three vessels, and eight oil tanker trucks seized.

Investigations show that the gang had long been active in the waters of the Pearl River estuary. They used small vessels to smuggle finished oil products into China's mainland around non-customs areas and sold them to buyers after decolorizing.

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