Knowing he had been busted for attempting money laundering, the suspect confessed his crime, that he’s in fact, illegally carrying raw cash over to the other side, NetEase reports.
Around his waist, the man had wrapped a custom-made grey scarf with six pockets. Inside each pocket was a fat stack of cash. In total, officers found that he had $74,000 strapped around his waist.
The maximum amount allowed out of China is $5,000.
For more than that, you need a bank certificate issued by the customs authority. Obviously, this guy didn’t have that. It’s not known what exactly he planned to do with all that American cash in Hong Kong.
And while $74,000 in cash may seem like an impressive amount to keep on your body, officials have seen way more than that. Just last year a Hong Kong woman was caught crossing the border into the mainland with $200,000 strapped to her body.
The year before that, a Hong Kong man was discovered to have an incredible $580,000 strapped around his legs.
Indeed, it looks like smugglers should consider underground tunnels than risking jail time strapping cash on the body.