Caught a reminiscence smuggler and a whole lot of SSD drives strapped to his waist

Picture: China Immigration Inspection HKEPC

“The Reminiscence Smuggler” seems like one thing a synthetic intelligence educated on award-winning literary fantasy novels may provide you with, but it surely’s truly This man who tried to mule 420 (!) M.2 sticks. SSD storage, strapped to his waist, to China from Macao. The chips have been valued at $32,984.94 (about $80 every) by authorities, however the whole in terabytes was not introduced.

Normally, smugglers try and smuggle high-value items, resembling processors or graphics playing cards. One final try at concealment 70 video playing cards for 617 kilos of stay lobster involves thoughts. Quite the opposite, the SSD smuggler selected to sneak in low-value {hardware} as an alternative. This isn’t the primary time we’ve seen M.2 SSDs shipped to China. A latest bust from this 12 months held a person who was hiding 84 SSD disks contained in the scooter. M. 2 SSDs nonetheless comprise metallic components, so it’s almost unimaginable to bypass metallic detectors with out sounding the metallic detectors’ alarm.

As a substitute of hiding the SSDs inside a bundle, the perpetrator selected to tape the drives round his physique for a better distance. The seized reward was 420 M.2 drives, which equates to a mixed worth of roughly $32,984.94. At $78.53 apiece, the wrongdoer might be smuggling 1TB or 2TB PCIe 4.0 drives.

I’ll be pondering all day now about the potential for a Wachowski remake of Johnny Mnemonic within the Pearl River Delta.