HK Customs seizes $3.1 million suspected cocaine at Airport (with photos)

27 Sep 2015

Hong Kong Customs seized about 2.5 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth about $3.1 million at Hong Kong International Airport on September 25. A total of four women were arrested.

Customs officers at airport on September 25 conducted customs clearance on two women arriving from Manila, the Philippines. The X-ray check on two suitcases carried by them revealed suspicious images. In-depth examination led to the discovery of a total of four slabs of suspected cocaine being concealed inside the false compartment of the two suitcases. It is believed that drug traffickers tried to use this concealment method to evade Customs detection. During follow-up investigation this morning (September 27), officers of Customs Drug Investigation Bureau arrested another two women who were involved in the case and trying to depart Hong Kong at airport.

The four arrested persons, aged 29 to 46, would be jointly charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. They will appear at Tuen Mun Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (September 28). This was the second dangerous drug trafficking case of a similar nature detected by Airport Customs within a week.

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

Ends/Sunday, September 27, 2015

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