Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine at airport (with photos)

20 May 2016

Hong Kong Customs detected two drug trafficking cases at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (May 19) and arrested one incoming female passenger and one transit male passenger. A total of about 3.6 kilogrammes of suspected cocaine with a market value of about $3.8 million were seized.

The arrested woman arrived at Hong Kong from Lima, Peru via Sao Paulo, Brazil and Dubai yesterday. During Customs clearance, X-ray checks on a piece of her check-in suitcase revealed suspicious image. In-depth examination led to discovery of about 1.4 kilogrammes of suspected cocaine concealed inside the false compartment of the suitcase.

The arrested man arrived at Hong Kong from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via Dubai and was in transit to Macau yesterday. During patrolling at transit lounge, Customs Officer intercepted this man for examination. As a result of examination, about 2.2 kilogrammes of suspected cocaine were found concealed inside the false compartment of a computer bag carried by him.

The arrested woman and man, both aged 20, claimed to be a waitress and a businessman respectively. After investigation, they would be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug each and the cases will brought up at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (May 21).

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/Friday, May 20, 2016

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