Hong Kong Customs seized about 3.2 kilogrammes of suspected cocaine worth about $4 million at Hong Kong International Airport today (July 17) and arrested a female passenger in transit.
Customs officers identified and intercepted a suspicious female while patrolling at the transit area at the airport this afternoon. The female arrived from São Paulo, Brazil via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and was going to take ferry to Macau. After emptying a suitcase of the female, Customs officers found it exceptionally heavy which aroused their attention. In-depth examination led to the discovery of four slabs of suspected cocaine concealed inside the false compartment of the suitcase.
The arrested female, aged 24 and claiming to be an estate agent, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. She will appear at Tuen Mun Magistrates' Court tomorrow (July 18).
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Ends/Friday, July 17, 2015