Hong Kong Customs seizes cocaine worth $2 million at airport (with photo)

6 Jun 2013

Hong Kong Customs smashed a transnational drug trafficking attempt yesterday (June 5) afternoon, seizing some 2 100 grammes of cocaine with an estimated market value of $2.01 million at Hong Kong International Airport. An 18-year-old local man was arrested.

Customs officers intercepted a man for baggage examination yesterday afternoon and found approximately 2 100 grammes of cocaine in the false compartment of his suitcase. The man had arrived from São Paulo, Brazil and was waiting in transit for ferry transfer to Zhuhai.

The man, who claimed to be unemployed, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (June 7).

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

Ends/Thursday, June 6 2013

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