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FedEx pilot detained, released by police in South China

Added 09-20-19 05:10:03am EST - “Chinese authorities in the southern city of Guangzhou last week detained a U.S. ...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “FedEx pilot detained, released by police in south China”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities in the southern city of Guangzhou last week detained a U.S. pilot for FedEx Corp (FDX.N) on suspicion of smuggling weapons and ammunition, the foreign ministry said on Friday.

The man, identified by the Wall Street Journal as former U.S. Air Force pilot Todd Hohn, was detained on Sept. 12 at the Guangzhou airport after customs discovered 681 air-gun pellets in a box in his luggage as he was preparing to board a flight for Hong Kong, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

He was later “released from custody, subject to provision of a surety, pending investigation,” Geng told a news conference.

FedEx, which did not name Hohn, said in a statement it was “working with the appropriate authorities to gain a better understanding of the facts.”

A FedEx spokeswoman declined to give any details when asked if Hohn was being prevented from leaving China.

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