Hong Kong Customs seizes cocaine at airport (with photo)

9 Mar 2013

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (March 8) foiled a drug trafficking attempt by a passenger at Hong Kong International Airport and seized six kilogrammes of cocaine with an estimated street value of about $6.25 million. A 21-year-old foreign male was arrested in the operation.

Customs officers yesterday afternoon intercepted a passenger arriving from Colombia, at the arrival hall of the airport. The officers found the cocaine concealed in the interlining of ten jackets in the passenger's check-in suitcase.

The arrested man, who claimed to be hair stylist, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts next Monday (March 11).

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

Ends/Saturday, March 9 2013

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