Hong Kong Customs stepped up enforcement actions at various land boundary, railway and ferry control points for National Day Golden Week (September 30 to October 9). A total of four dangerous drugs cases and 327 dutiable commodities cases were detected. Different kinds of suspected dangerous drugs and dutiable commodities with an estimated market value of more than $280,000 were seized. The duty potential of dutiable commodities seized was over $160,000.
During the operation, about 52 grams of suspected cocaine, 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine, about 83 000 dutiable cigarettes, 42 grams of dutiable tobacco, 414 grams of dutiable cigar and 22 litres of dutiable liquor were seized.
A total of 331 persons including 282 males and 49 females, aged from 18 to 84, were arrested. The cases have been duly followed up.
Hong Kong Customs appeals to members of the public to stay away from illegal activities.
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.
Under the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, anyone involved in dealing with, possession of, or selling or buying illicit cigarettes commits an offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $1 million and imprisonment for two years.
Ends/Wednesday, October 11, 2017