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Student nabbed with 59 new iPads

SHANGHAI Customs is investigating a Chinese student who tried to smuggle 59 new iPads into Shanghai from Australia on the very day Apple put its new tablet computer on sale.

The student, whose name and age were not revealed, boarded a plane in Melbourne, Australia, and arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport about 9pm on March 16, the day Apple first put its third-generation iPad on the shelf worldwide.

The student was carrying four big suitcases alone, which drew the attention of customs inspectors. An X-ray test showed there were 59 Apple tablet computers inside and all were new iPads.

The accused said he was studying in Australia and had found this part-time job online. He took up the business because he flew back home frequently.

The student also told customs officers he had just been temporarily hired by a gang whose primary job was to purchase, transport and sell smuggled products.

Customs officers said the student took the risk of smuggling the new iPads because China lagged behind other countries and regions when it came to sales of Apple's latest tablet computer.


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