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Smuggler dinged twice in three months

If Vancouver's Can Bin Wu learned a lesson from his first failed smuggling effort, he must have a short memory.

In a span of just three months last year, Wu made two attempts to bring in a high-priced watch without declaring it to customs.

Wu pled guilty to possession of unlawfully imported goods on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Richmond provincial court, and was fined a total of $3,914.06.

According to Canada Border Service Agency spokesperson Stefanie Wudel, Wu returned to Vancouver following a trip to Hong Kong in April of 2013.

He employed the automated border clearance kiosk, but was referred to a secondary examination.

That's when an officer discovered a Chopard watch in Wu's coat pocket, which Wu claimed to have forgotten was there.

The watch was valued for duty at $28,843.54.

A little more than three months later, in July of 2013, Wu was nabbed again, after another trip to Hong Kong.

This time he declared $350 worth of clothing and was referred for a secondary examination, where an officer questioned a Cartier watch he was wearing. It had a value of $9,342.40.

In addition to the court fines, Wu will have to pay a penalty to Canada Border Services equal to between 24 per cent and 80 per cent of the value of the seized items.

 

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