Hong Kong Customs seized 12 pieces of suspected rhino horn, weighing about 6.6 kilograms in total and with an estimated value of about $1.3 million, in two express air parcels at the Hong Kong International Airport on March 22.
During a cargo examination, Customs officers screened two express parcels declared as "coffee" originating from Namibia. Suspicious images were found under X-ray inspection. After opening the consignment, Customs officers found the suspected rhino horns.
Upon follow-up investigation, a 42-year-old man was arrested yesterday (March 23). He has been released on bail pending further investigation.
Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.
Members of the public may report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.
Ends/Friday, March 24, 2017