HK Customs seizes suspected methamphetamine at airport (with photo)

6 Aug 2014

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (August 5) arrested an outgoing passenger and seized about 2 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine (ice), with a value of about $840,000, at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Officers of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau yesterday intercepted a female passenger who joined a tour and was about to depart for Melbourne, Australia, at the departure hall of the airport. Customs officers opened her suitcase for examination and there was a pepper odour in it. After in-depth inspection, the suspected methamphetamine was found hidden in a false compartment dusted with pepper powder. It is believed that the suspected drug trafficker tried to make use of the odour to avoid detection.

The female suspect, aged 25, claiming to be a clerk, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. She will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (August 7).

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

Hong Kong Customs will continue to step up anti-narcotics enforcement against transnational drug trafficking activities.

Ends/Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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