Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected ketamine worth about $35 million (with photo)

22 Dec 2022

​Hong Kong Customs seized about 60 kilograms of suspected ketamine with an estimated market value of about $35 million at Hong Kong International Airport on December 7.

Through risk assessment, Customs on that day inspected an air cargo consignment declared as carrying camera kits and arriving in Hong Kong from Spain at the airport. Upon inspection, Customs officers found there were 119 network video recorders inside the consignment, 60 of which had been emptied to conceal suspected ketamine. The total weight was about 60kg.

An investigation is ongoing.

With the Christmas and New Year holidays approaching, Customs believes that the local demand for drugs will be increased. The department will therefore further step up enforcement action to fiercely combat different kinds of dangerous drug trafficking activities before the long holidays.

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 (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Ends/Thursday, December 22, 2022
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