Queen Mary 2 Ship In Trafficking Case

By on May 11, 2011 in Travel, United States, World Comments
Queen Mary 2
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RMS Queen Mary 2, a luxury ocean liner from Dubai, allegedly tried to smuggle nine Chinese nationals into the United States, according to reports by several international sites on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.

Fatt Kwee Wong, a Malaysian, admitted to custom officials that he attempted to smuggle the Chinese carrying Japanese passports. The Chinese nationals, consists of five women and four men, each paid Wong $3,500.

The luxury liner is operated by Cunard Line and has 14 decks with opulent public areas, dining rooms, ballrooms, theaters, lounges and even a planetarium.

According to US Customs and Border Protection officer John Saleh‘s statement, the group of Chinese disembarked in New York City on April 26, 2011. Below is part of Saleh‘s statement.

We haven’t really seen this in the past because of course it is expensive. It’s quite an investment just to get on this ship. If they feel we’d be less likely to suspect a high-end ship as opposed to one of the fly-by-night cruise liners, they’d use that route.

Wong is now being held in a federal custody and a grand jury is expected to hear his case.

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