Customs yesterday (August 8) foiled an international drug trafficking attempt at Hong Kong International Airport. A 18-year-old man was arrested.
At about 0830 hrs, Customs officers intercepted a man arriving from Lima, Peru via Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Johannesburg, South Africa for Customs clearance. During the baggage examination, officers found his clothing unusually stiff. As a result, 35 items of clothing weighing 18 kilogrammes were suspected of having soaked with cocaine.
The arrested person, claimed as a cook, was charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court on August 10.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, Chapter 134, Laws of Hong Kong, drug trafficking is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Ends/Saturday, August 8, 2009