Smugglers in Speed boat with Electrical Goods worth HK$5 Million caught

March 21, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Smugglers in Speed boat with Electrical Goods worth HK$5 Million caught

SITUATION

Hong Kong Customs officers apprehended HK$5 million worth of electrical goods from a speedboat. The officers chased the boat and caught up with it near Siu Sai Wan, on the north of Hong Kong Island, and found the batch of used smartphones and computer accessories.

As recently as March 16, 2019, Hong Kong Customs seized about 3,200 suspected counterfeit goods with an estimated market value of about $520,000 at the Hong Kong Port of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB).

In the current case of seizure of electronic goods, two men, aged 62 and 43, were arrested, suspected of smuggling the goods across the city’s border with mainland China to avoid customs duties, though the direction was unclear. The speedboat was detained for further investigation.

CHALLENGE

Compared to 2017, the number of cargoes smuggling cases rose to 216 in 2018, up by 4 percent in Hong Kong. The Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) mounted a special operation codenamed “Pathfinder” before and during the Lunar New Year at the airport, seaport, land boundary, railway, and ferry control points in a bid to combat smuggling and other illegal activities through passenger and cargo channels. The above-launched operation sheds a light on the uphill battle that the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department faces to proactively combat various smuggling activities.

Wildlife smuggling has also seen a rise in recent years. The study by Hong Kong Wildlife Trade Working Group (HKWTWG), a coalition of local groups, offers one of the most detailed analyses yet on smuggling rackets in the city. Hong Kong is failing to tackle wildlife smuggling epidemic it said. The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OOCRP) reported that the illegal wildlife trade in Hong Kong is booming and consequently contributing to a global extinction crisis by supplying an increasing demand for wildlife products in Asia, particularly China.

Even though smuggling is a serious offense in Hong Kong, it seems like strict laws related to smuggling which ensures that anyone found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo is liable to a maximum fine of HK$2 million and imprisonment of seven years, is really not helping. One of the reasons may be that the person must be first found guilty and that is a high bar in a system for investigating officers.  They must able to collect evidence that presents a solid case for prosecution of the perpetrators of the crime of smuggling.

 

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Although Hong Kong is under Chinese rule, the city is a special administrative region that is a free port with its own separate trade laws and tariffs that differ from those of the rest of mainland China. Hong Kong is a popular shopping destination for mainland Chinese tourists as many luxury goods and brand-name electronics are cheaper in the former British colony. According to a report titled, ‘Trading in Extinction – The Dark Side of Hong Kong’s Wildlife Trade’ Hong Kong plays a primary role in connecting products with their illegal markets and the administration in Hong Kong could and should do more to disrupt this criminal activity.  In order to do more Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department’s anti-smuggling unit should enhance their investigation capabilities with technological advancements, especially the ones made in the field of neuroscience and forensics that make the task of investigation experts and law enforcement easier. iCognative technology provided by Brainwave Science charts the pathway for evidence collection in cases where none is available. iCognative technology relies only on the most trustworthy source of all information and planning, the place where all cognition originates, the brain of the person. Brainwave Science has launched its most advanced and path-breaking investigation technology- iCognative, that embodies advancements made in the fields of neuroscience combined with machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide virtually ~100% accurate results in any investigation.

Both suspects apprehended by the Hong Kong Customs officers can be asked to consent for a non-invasive iCognative test that only takes about an hour to complete. Details collected during the investigation by law enforcement agents such as type of electronic goods apprehended, name and details of the destinations where the suspects were headed, the value of the goods, the exact location of speed boat when they were captured, associates or accomplices of the suspects, details of the masters of the syndicate of the whole smuggling operations etc. along with other details not released in public domain due to confidentiality can be used as a Stimulus to conduct the iCognative test. Once the test is complete, a system-driven iCognative analysis engine delivers the result at a click of a button with just two possible outcomes, ‘information present’ or ‘information absent’ with over 99% accuracy every time.

In any given case where an investigation has been carried out iCognative by Brainwave Science can detect the information scientifically and accurately. The revolutionary iCognative technology is a valuable forensic resource, investigators measure brain-wave responses to crime-related photos or words displayed for a nano-second on a computer screen. The perpetrator’s brain stores knowledge of the crime that would be unknown to an innocent person. Upon glimpsing crime-related stimuli, the brain undergoes a distinct change in electrical activity, which is impossible to manipulate or conceal.

Prosecution of this involved in the crime along with the dismantling of the whole smuggling ring is an essential part of such investigations and this can only be accomplished by the deployment of avant-garde technology like iCognative. The lack of prosecutions sends a wrong message to many smugglers can profit from illegal trading without punishment. This can be easily solved if iCognative testing becomes a mandatory procedure in every investigation case brought by the Customs and Excise Department.

Let’s not forget that as smugglers become more and more adept at smart technologies and the growing sophistication of international smuggling rings often makes prosecutions difficult. When all other means for delivery of truth and justice fail its time to give iCognative by Brainwave Science a chance.

 

Source: SCMP

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