Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine (with photo)

15 Dec 2016

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (December 14) seized about 3.3 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $3.5 million at Hong Kong International Airport.

A male passenger arrived in Hong Kong from Brazil via Ethiopia yesterday afternoon. During Customs clearance, the batch of suspected cocaine was found concealed inside the false compartment at the bottom of his check-in luggage. The 36-year-old male passenger was then arrested. Upon follow-up investigation, Customs Officers arrested another 31-year-old woman suspected to be involved in the case in Tsim Sha Tsui early this morning. The case is still under investigation.

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.

Ends/Thursday, December 15, 2016

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