Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine at the airport (with photos)

22 Apr 2017

Hong Kong Customs seized about 1.3 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $1 million at the Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (April 21).

A male passenger arrived in Hong Kong from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday afternoon. During Customs clearance, Customs officers spotted suspicious X-ray images over his two check-in luggage bags. Thorough examination led to the discovery of a total of about 1.3 kilograms of suspected cocaine concealed in the luggage bags’ metal frames.

The arrested man, aged 40, claimed to be a therapist, has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts on April 24.

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

Ends/Saturday, April 22, 2017

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