´╗┐Customs foils a drug trafficking attempt at airport (with photo)

10 Nov 2009

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (November 9) foiled a drug trafficking attempt at the airport and arrested a 40-year-old man suspected of trafficking some 920 grams of cannabis resin with an estimated market value of $90,000.

Yesterday afternoon, Customs officers of the Airport Command intercepted a male passenger arriving from India via Bangladesh at the Hong Kong International Airport for Customs clearance. Two slabs of suspected cannabis resin, about 920 grams in total, were found concealed underneath the insoles of the sports shoes he was wearing. Officers of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau took over the case for follow-up investigations.

The man, who claimed to be a businessman, was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (November 11).

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

Ends/Tuesday, November 10, 2009

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