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Men found hiding 10 kilograms of jewelry in Vancouver plead guilty to smuggling

12/24/2014 12:35 EST | Updated 02/23/2015 05:59 EST
VANCOUVER - Two men have pleaded guilty to smuggling after being found in Vancouver with more than $1.5-million in jewelry hidden underneath their clothes.

The Canada Border Service Agency says Michael Chan and Bo Siu have been sentenced to eight days in jail and must each pay a $10,000 fine.

The CBSA says the case began when Chan was found with five kilograms of jewelry strapped to his legs in Vancouver International Airport after landing from Hong Kong on November 20.

CBSA officers then found Siu, who had been travelling with Chan, at a nearby hotel, where officers found an additional five kilograms of jewelry in a garbage bin.

Both men were arrested for smuggling jewelry, an offence under the Customs Act, and have pleaded guilty in Richmond Provincial Court.

The CBSA says the jewelry's total commercial value for duty was close to $350,000, and the retail appraised value was more than $1.5 million.