China busts smuggling rings

October 21, 2015 6:01 am 

ZHUHAI, Guangdong, Oct. 20 — Chinese police have busted six gangs suspected of smuggling 1 billion yuan (USD 157 million) worth of crystals and nuts into china.

Thirty-three people were arrested and over 2,000 tons of nuts from Iran and the United States seized, along with 195 tonnes of Egypt-made crystals, according to the customs of Gongbei Port, south China's Guangdong Province.

The smuggling network began to unfold when a gang was found to have smuggled 178 million grains of crystal into china. Main suspects in the gang were also found to lead gangs smuggling nuts.

The probe led to an operation in March that mobilized police in a dozen of Chinese cities. (PNA/Xinhua)

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