BEIJING – Chinese authorities have discovered a tunnel running from a suburb to Shenzen to Hong Kong.
The tunnel, which is 140 feet long, was build by professional construction people. It comes complete with brick walls, electric lights and a portion of the tunnel runs underneath a river.
Chinese authorities say the tunnel must have cost $US500,000 to build and was not fully completed when discovered. Most likely the full length of the tunnel would have exceeded 200 feet.
The tunnel, which also runs under a residential garage, was discovered when a neighbor called local police, complaining about drilling noise.
Authorities believe the tunnel was used to traffic cellphones and other electronics from Shenzen to Hong Kong. Hong Kong, although part of China, is a semi-autonomy with a different tax rate than the rest of China.
By ‘exporting’ the products through a tunnel, and thereby avoid paying customs import fees, the smugglers managed to earn a small fortune.
The tunnel has been destroyed since it was discovered, Chinese authorities say. Only one person has been arrested in connection to the trafficking tunnel.
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