´╗┐´╗┐Customs smashes two drug trafficking attempts at airport (with photos)

18 Nov 2009

Hong Kong Customs smashed two drug trafficking cases at the Hong Kong International Airport these two days.

One case effected yesterday (November 17) and the Customs officers of the Airport Command arrested a woman and seized 1.2 kilogramme of heroin, with a street value of about one million dollar.

The officers yesterday evening intercepted the 26-year-old woman arriving from Kuala Lumpur for inspection and found a packet of drugs in the concealed compartment of her rucksack.

She will be charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (November 19).

Meanwhile, Customs officers of the Airport Command today (November 18) uncovered an express cargo drug trafficking case and seized 2.56 kg of suspected cannabis with a retail value of about $256,000. The cannabis was found being smuggled from Nigeria via Hong Kong to the Mainland by express cargo.

Early this morning, the officers inspected a shipment of one carton declared as "brake", arriving from Nigeria and destined for Guangzhou. After X-ray scanning, the officers broke open the brakes and found pellets of suspected cannabis, 2.56 kg in total, wrapped by tape.

Hong Kong Customs has strengthened enforcement actions 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.

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. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

Ends/Wednesday, November 18, 2009

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