Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine at airport (with photo)

27 Oct 2015

Hong Kong Customs seized about 2.6 kilograms of suspected cocaine, worth about $3 million, and arrested an incoming male passenger at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (October 26).

The man arrived from Colombia via Sao Paulo, Brazil and Dubai, United Arab Emirates yesterday. After emptying his rucksack for baggage examination, Customs officers found the emptied rucksack abnormally heavy. Suspicious images were also found on an X-ray check of the rucksack. Subsequently five slabs of suspected cocaine were found concealed inside the false compartment of the rucksack.

The 20-year-old arrested man, who claimed to be a butcher, was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (October 28).

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence and the maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

Ends/Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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