China's customs officials shot down smugglers who used drones to bring iPhones from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. They managed to transport $ 500 million ($ 79.8 million) worth of reprocessed iPhones before the operation ceased, according to to Reuters .
Under the cover of darkness, the group of 26 used the unspecified drones to fly "two 200 meter (660ft) long cables between Hong Kong and the mainland." From there, they loaded around 10 iPhones into small bags and each sent over the cable system. The smugglers could move up to 15,000 iPhones each night, so they managed to keep things running efficiently.
The local, state-owned Legal Daily reported that this was "the first case found in China using drones in cross-border smuggling crime." Keep an eye out for this high-tech smuggling ̵
Last year, China introduced a directive requiring civilian drone owners to use a specific weight to register their real name aircraft. As in the US and elsewhere, China has experienced its share of drone accidents, resulting in delayed or disturbed flights. In the United States, drone owners need to register each device above 0.55 pounds.