Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine (with photo)

15 Dec 2019

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (December 14) seized about 2 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $2.5 million at Hong Kong International Airport.

A male passenger arrived in Hong Kong from the Republic of Seychelles via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday. During customs clearance, the batch of suspected cocaine was found concealed inside the false compartment of his carry-on suitcase. The man was then arrested.

The arrested man, aged 41, has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (December 16).

With the Christmas and New Year holidays approaching, Customs will further step up enforcement action to combat drug trafficking 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.

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/Sunday, December 15, 2019

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