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Patek Philippe watch gets smuggler slapped

A man who failed to declare his new 18 karat rose gold Patek Philippe watch in his jacket pocket, was fined more than $10,000 in Richmond provincial court last week.

Wei Zhao pled guilty Feb. 11 to evading duties on imported goods, and was fined $10,607.45.

Zhao flew in to Vancouver International Airport following a trip to Hong Kong on July 27, 2013.

He used the automated kiosk to make his declaration, but was referred for a secondary inspection.

That’s when his luggage was searched, and officers discovered and seized 101 packages of undeclared cigarettes, with no terms of release, and three undeclared Hermes wallets, along with the Patek Philippe watch.

The value of the seized goods was $95,202.90, according to Canada Border Services Agency spokesperson Stefanie Wudel.

To get his watch and wallets back, Zhao is facing another penalty of between $22,848.70 and $76,162.32.

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