Customs seized $1.45 million worth of cannabis resin

8 May 2004

Customs officers yesterday (May 7) seized $1.45 million worth of suspected cannabis resin from an incoming passenger at Hong Kong International Airport.

About 12.40pm, Customs officers intercepted and searched a 30-year-old Nepalese woman, who had arrived from Katmandu, Nepal. The officers, with the assistance of the Ion Scanner, found 9.1 kilograms of cannabis resin inside her luggage and the heels of her shoes.

The woman will later be charged with trafficking in dangerous drugs and will appear in Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court on Monday (May 10).

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, the maximum penalty for drug trafficking offences is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

A spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department said today (May 8) that Customs officers has seized 17.1 kilograms of cannabis resin at the airport so far this year.

Last year, the officers seized a total of 8.6 kilograms of cannabis resin.

Ends/Saturday, May 8, 2004

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