Hong Kong Customs arrested an incoming male passenger at Hong Kong International Airport last night (December 22) and seized about 1.34 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $ 1,410,000.
The man arrived at Hong Kong from Doha, Qatar. During customs clearance, customs officers found a metal can inside a plastic bag he carried unexceptionally heavy which aroused their suspicion. Subsequent inspection led to the discovery of 67 pellets of suspected cocaine inside the metal can.
The arrested person, aged 23 and declared as unemployed, was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (December 24).
Under the Dangerous Drug Ordinance, the maximum penalty for drug trafficking is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Ends/Wednesday, December 23, 2015