Hong Kong Customs arrested an incoming male passenger at Hong Kong International Airport today (September 17) and seized about 1.8 kilogramme of suspected heroin worth about $1.41 million.
The arrestee, who claimed to be a seaman, arrived from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon baggage examination, Customs officers found three abnormally heavy children story books amongst his personal belongings which aroused Customs officers' suspicion. Subsequent in-depth inspection revealed about 1.8 kilogramme of suspected heroin were concealed inside the front and back hard covers of the three books. It was believed that the books were made use of to avoid Customs' detection.
The arrestee, aged 22, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (September 18).
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offence and the maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Ends/Wednesday, September 17, 2014