Hong Kong Customs officers yesterday (April 19) arrested a male passenger arriving from São Paulo, Brazil via Johannesburg, South Africa and seized about 3.05 kilogrammes of cocaine, with a value of about $3.16 million, at the Hong Kong International Airport.
Customs officers yesterday found the drugs concealed inside four packs of salad dressing in the luggage of the passenger. The suspect, aged 60, claimed to be a merchant, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at Shatin Magistrates' Courts on April 21.
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 drugs trafficking activities so as to prevent drug trafficking activities through the Hong Kong International Airport.
Ends/Sunday, April 20 2014