Customs seizes suspected ketamine worth about $420,000 at airport (with photos)

3 May 2013

Hong Kong Customs today (May 3) detected two consignments containing dangerous drugs sent by express cargo at Asia Airfreight Terminal. A total of about 3.4 kilograms of suspected ketamine was seized and the market value of the drug was about $420,000.

Upon examination of a parcel declared as "Black Tea", officers of the Air Cargo Group of Airport Command detected about 300 grams of suspected ketamine packed in two bags inside the false compartment of the gift box which contained tea leaf. Upon follow-up investigation, another consignment sent by the same consigner declared as "Pearl Powder" was examined and found about 3.1 kilograms of suspected ketamine packed in three bags. The destinations of two consignments were Canada and the United States respectively. No arrests were made so far. The investigation is continuing.

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

Ends/Friday, May 3 2013
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