Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected liquid cocaine worth about $25 million (with photo)

30 Sep 2020

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (September 29) seized about 15 kilograms of suspected liquid cocaine with an estimated market value of about $25 million at Hong Kong International Airport.

A female passenger arrived in Hong Kong from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Doha, Qatar yesterday. During customs clearance, eight liquor bottles containing suspected liquid cocaine were found inside her check-in suitcase. The 28-year-old woman was then arrested.

Investigation is ongoing.

Arrival passengers are subject to compulsory quarantine under the epidemic. Customs will continue to apply a risk assessment approach and focus on selecting passengers from high-risk regions for clearance to combat transnational drug trafficking activities effectively.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $5 million and life imprisonment.

Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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