Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine at airport (with photos)

30 Apr 2015

Hong Kong Customs seized about one kilogramme of suspected cocaine with a value of about $990,000 at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (April 29) and arrested an incoming male passenger.

The arrested person arrived at Hong Kong from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Abu Dhabi yesterday. During Customs clearance, Customs officers found his gait unnatural. Upon further checking, about one kilogramme of suspected cocaine in two packets was found concealed under the insoles of the shoes he was wearing.

The arrested person, aged 33, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts on May 2 (Saturday).

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

Hong Kong Customs will continue to keep track of the latest drugs trafficking trend and formulate pertinent anti-narcotics enforcement strategies. In addition, Hong Kong Customs will strengthen intelligence exchange with overseas law enforcement agencies so as to combat transnational drug trafficking activities.

Ends/Thursday, April 30, 2015

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