Hong Kong Customs yesterday (July 22) detected a cross-boundary trafficking case at the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal with the arrest of two people and seizure of heroin with an estimated value of $1.4 million.
Customs Officers yesterday afternoon intercepted a 49-year-old Malaysian man arriving from Malaysia via Macau for inspection at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, and found a total of 1.6kg of heroin in the false compartment of his baggage.
After a follow-up operation last night, Customs officers arrested a 32-year-old African man who collected the drug-laden baggage in Yau Ma Tei.
The two arrested men will be charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug. They will appear at Eastern Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (July 24).
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 traffic of passengers and cargo at the control points.
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, July 22, 2009