One of the missions for naval progression wants me to bring combat stabilizers to them, except combat stabilizers are illegal in pretty much all jurisdictions. What happens if I get caught bringing them back? Do I get a bounty on the spot? Does the station initiate lethal response?


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Answer: You never get shot on sight for smuggling, instead it is an instant fine.

Additional info: The fines are usually a lot higher than the value of the goods that you are smuggling, meaning that you really don't want to get caught.

If you don't pay the fine within a certain time (which was 24 hours last time I checked), it gets converted into a Bounty and, if I remember correctly, you become wanted by the faction that issued the fine.

The easiest way to avoid being fined is to smuggle into an Outpost, at which there are usually - but not always - no patrolling security ships (it is the security ships that scan you, not the station), however be warned: Outposts that do have security ships are harder to smuggle to than normal stations because you are always visible. With a normal station you can usually break the scan by flying through the station entrance.

Obviously, if you are smuggling for a mission, you don't have the luxury of choosing where you smuggle to, you have to return to the station that issued the mission. There is a lot of advice on the internet about how best to avoid being scanned. Personally I keep about 8KM away from the station entrance, lined up ready to dock already having requested permission. I disable everything except my thrusters, scanner and power distributer. I boost to get to full speed then cruise towards the station at max speed. When getting close, I hit Silent Running, turning it off as soon as I get into the entrance as well as hitting reverse and dropping the landing gear to slow down.

I've never got a fine with my method, although a couple of times I have had a scan start as I'm nearing the entrance. It doesn't work well for all ships - some don't slow down fast enough as you go through the entrance and some overheat too quickly for the silent running. You just have to find a system that works well enough for you.

  • Additional thoughts: Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 7:40
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    Bah, edit time limit: As far as I am aware, you won't get scanned if you are smuggling to an Anarchy station. It may be the case that there are no authority ships around to scan you. BEWARE: A system that is classed as Anarchy can still have some stations in it that are not Anarchy. I've fallen foul of this myself just after Gamma started. Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 7:47
  • Yeah you tend to only get shot on sight for actually having shot someone else or hitting someone near the station. I don't think you get shot for dumping cargo - just fined. It's only agressive acts that get you shot up
    – MrDobilina
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 9:47
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    Aggressive acts, and parking violations.
    – Unionhawk
    Commented Jan 20, 2015 at 17:15

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