Hong Kong Customs on October 11 seized about 2.2 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine with an estimated market value of about $1.34 million at Hong Kong International Airport.
Through risk assessment, Customs on that day inspected an air cargo consignment, declared as carrying metal parts, arriving in Hong Kong from Zambia at the airport. Upon inspection, Customs officers found 12 packs of suspected methamphetamine weighing about 2.2kg were concealed inside a metal gearbox.
After follow-up investigation, Customs officers yesterday (October 13) mounted a controlled delivery operation in Jordan and arrested a 39-year-old man who claimed to be unemployed and was suspected to be connected with the case. A charge with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug was laid against him. He will appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (October 15).
Customs reminds members of the public to stay alert and not to participate in drug trafficking activities for monetary return. They must not accept hiring or delegation from another party to carry controlled items into and out of Hong Kong. They are also reminded not to carry unknown items for other people, nor to release their personal data or home address to others for receiving parcels or goods.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $5 million and life imprisonment.
Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ends/Friday, October 14, 2022