Hong Kong Customs yesterday (July 12) foiled a drug trafficking attempt by arriving passengers at the airport, leading to the arrest of four people and the seizure of 30 kg of herbal cannabis, with an estimated street value of $2.8 million.
Customs officers yesterday morning at the airport conducted inspection on two South Africans, including a man and a woman, arriving from Johannesburg, South Africa, and found a total of 30 kg of herbal cannabis from their luggage.
In a subsequent follow-up operation in Tsim Sha Tsui, Customs Officers arrested two African men who approached the duo to collect the drug-laden suitcases.
The four arrested people, aged from 18 to 41, will be charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance. They will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (July 14).
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5million.
Ends/Monday, July 13, 2009