Officers of the Marine Police Small Boat Division, Marine Police Regional Task Force, Marine Police East Division and the Customs Sea Area Joint Task Force launched a joint countermeasure in the eastern waters on the night of 17 November The anti-smuggling operation seized a batch of suspected smuggled goods, including suspected rough amber, mobile phones, brand-name handbags and cosmetics, with an estimated market value of about HK$1.8 million.
At about 9:50 pm law enforcement officers spotted five suspicious men wandering in the shallows near Tsam Chuk Wan, Sai Kung. Five men were about to load a seven-person car with cargo from a speed boat close to shore. The officers immediately took action but the driver of the seven-person vehicle immediately jumped onto the speedboat with the five men and fled eastward at high speed. Marine police officers launched a chase, but the speedboat eventually left Hong Kong waters and headed towards the mainland. During the operation, officers seized the seven-person vehicle and 20 boxes of suspected smuggled goods, and the case was handed over to customs officers for further follow-up.