Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected ketamine worth about $1.5 million (with photo)

27 Apr 2023

​Hong Kong Customs on April 25 seized about 3 kilograms of suspected ketamine with an estimated market value of about $1.5 million at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point. A man was arrested.

Customs on that day inspected an express parcel, which was declared as car backrest cushions, arriving in Hong Kong from Spain via the Mainland at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point. Upon examination, Customs officers found three carton boxes carrying car backrest cushions in the parcel, in which the batch of suspected ketamine was found concealed between layers of the carton boxes.

Customs officers subsequently mounted a controlled delivery operation yesterday (April 26) and arrested a 33-year-old man suspected to be connected with the case in Tsuen Wan. He has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (April 28).

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.

Customs will continue to maintain close contact with Hongkong Post and the logistics industries to step up action against drug trafficking through postal parcel or express courier channels.

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, April 27, 2023

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