Hong Kong Customs detected a drug trafficking case at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (May 13) and arrested three men. About 6.3 kilograms of suspected cocaine, with a total value of about $6.8 million, were seized.
Customs officers intercepted a man who arrived from Dubai at the arrival hall of Hong Kong International Airport yesterday. During customs clearance, Customs officers found four candy packets in his hand-carry rucksack. In-depth examination led to the discovery of a total of 360 pellets of suspected cocaine inside the candy packets with a total weight of about 6.3 kilograms. The suspected dangerous drugs were mingled with genuine candies. Subsequent follow-up investigation resulted in the apprehension of another two men on the same day.
The three arrested persons aged from 32 to 39. Two of them who claimed to be businessmen will be jointly charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. They will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts next Monday (May 16). The third man will be put on police bail pending further investigation.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Ends/Saturday, May 14, 2016