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Smuggled Patek Philippe watch nets man court fine

A 26-year-old Vancouver man was fined $5,133.72 in Richmond provincial court after pleading guilty to evading duties following a trip to China last summer.

En Ze Lei returned to Canada via the Vancouver International Airport on July 27 after a three-and-a-half month visit, according to Canada Border Services spokesperson Stefanie Wudel.

At the baggage carousel area, he was selected by border services officers for examination to confirm his declaration.

He was wearing an undeclared Patek Philippe watch, worth more than $40,000, an undeclared Harry Winston ring, worth nearly $2,500, along with a jade pendant, Apple computer, Rimowa suitcase, Louis Vuitton wallet, Dior belt, laptop and Blackberry cellular phone.

The total value of his undeclared items was nearly $50,000.

Aside from the court fine, Lei will have to pay a civil penalty of $15,396.17 for the return of his goods.

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