Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine worth about $52 million (with photo)

5 Jan 2023

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (January 4) seized about 60 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $52 million in Cheung Sha Wan. A 31-year-old man suspected to be connected with the case was arrested.

During an anti-narcotics operation conducted in the vicinity of Cheung Sha Wan yesterday afternoon, Customs officers intercepted a man at the car park of a private residential estate and found about 1kg of suspected cocaine inside his rucksack. The man was subsequently arrested.

Customs officers later escorted the man to one of the units of the residential estate for a search and further seized about 59kg of suspected cocaine.

The arrested man, who claimed to be unemployed, has been charged with two counts of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (January 6).

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, January 5, 2023
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