Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine (with photo)

17 Jul 2019

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (July 16) seized about 1.6 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $1.7 million at Hong Kong International Airport.

A female passenger arrived in Hong Kong from Kharkiv, Ukraine yesterday. During customs clearance, the batch of suspected cocaine was found concealed inside the false compartment of her hand-carry suitcase. The woman was then arrested.

The arrested woman, aged 35, has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. She will appear at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (July 18).

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.

Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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