Hong Kong Customs detects large-scale airborne drug trafficking case and seizes suspected methamphetamine worth about $57 million (with photos)

14 Feb 2023

​Hong Kong Customs on January 30 detected a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking case at Hong Kong International Airport and seized about 100 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine, with an estimated market value of about $57 million, inside a milling machine.

Through risk assessment, Customs on that day inspected an air cargo consignment, declared as carrying a milling machine, arriving in Hong Kong from Canada. Upon inspection, Customs officers found the batch of suspected methamphetamine concealed inside the milling machine. A 34-year-old local man suspected to be connected with the case was arrested.

After investigation, the arrested man has been released on bail pending further investigation.

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/Tuesday, February 14, 2023

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