Hong Kong Customs Airport Command stepped up operations against drug trafficking activities by air passengers and air mail parcels last week and seized about 6.1 kilogrammes of dangerous drugs with a total value of about $4.3 million in eight cases.
Hong Kong Customs seized some 1.4 kilogrammes of liquid cocaine with an estimated market value of about $1.3 million at the Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (October 27) evening. A 51-year-old woman was arrested.
Customs officers intercepted the woman arriving from Lima, Peru for baggage examination yesterday evening and found two down jackets. Upon further checking, the liquid cocaine were found packed in condoms and concealed inside the jackets.
The arrestee who claimed to be an unemployed will be charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drug and will appear at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (October 29).
In addition, Customs officers seized from seven speedpost parcels heading to Australia a total of 4.7 kilogrammes of methamphetamine at the airport with an estimated market value of about $3 million last week. The drugs were concealed inside shoes, carton boxes, handbags and Chinese wall decor to evade Customs' detection. Hong Kong Customs will continue to maintain close cooperation and exchange of intelligence with local, Mainland and overseas law enforcement agencies to combat drug trafficking.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, the maximum penalty for drug trafficking is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Ends//Monday, October 28 2013