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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.