´╗┐´╗┐Customs uncovers heroin worth $400,000 from express cargo (with photo)

31 Aug 2009

Hong Kong Customs, on August 26, uncovered for the first-time drug trafficking with heroin concealed inside the edging of a wooden container of express cargo, and seized 620 grams of heroin with a retail value of about $400,000.

Customs officers from the Airport Command at the Express Terminal examined an express parcel inside a wooden container. The goods were declared as two pieces of "tiles for personal use". The subject cargo came from Nepal via Singapore to Hong Kong and destined to Guangzhou. After conducting X-ray scanning, Customs officers found a total of about 620 grams heroin, worth $400,000, wrapped inside plastic sheets, concealed in the three rods of the wooden container.

Hong Kong Customs has strengthened enforcement action at all control points in support of the Government's strategy to combat drugs. Customs officers will be 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. Hong Kong Customs will continue 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, which carries the maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

Ends/Monday, August 31, 2009

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