Hong Kong Customs uncovered a drug trafficking case today (September 14) at the express cargo terminal of Hong Kong International Airport, and found about 350 grammes of heroin, with an estimated value of about $316,000.
When Customs officers from the Airport Command this morning examined a transshipment consignment with an X-ray scanner, they observed an irregularity in a pair of sandals inside cargo declared as T-shirts and shoes. After detailed examination, a total of 350 grammes of heroin were found concealed underneath the insoles of the pair of sandals. Follow-up investigation revealed that the cargo was en route from Vietnam to Taiwan via Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Customs has strengthened enforcement action at all control points in support of the Government's strategy to combat drugs. Customs officers are on high alert at all times to foil attempts by drug traffickers to take advantage of the heavy flow of passengers and cargo at the control points. Hong Kong Customs will continue to make use of advanced technology, intelligence analysis, risk assessment and international co-operation to crack down on drug trafficking activities.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offence, which carries the maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Ends/Tuesday, September 14, 2010