Hong Kong Customs detects incoming passenger drug trafficking case at airport (with photo)

7 Jan 2024

​Hong Kong Customs today (January 7) detected a passenger drug trafficking case involving baggage concealment at Hong Kong International Airport and seized about 5.2 kilograms of suspected ecstasy with an estimated market value of about $700,000. A man was arrested.

A 50 year-old male passenger arrived in Hong Kong from Paris, France today. During customs clearance, Customs officers found the batch of suspected ecstasy concealed in a false compartment of his check-in baggage. He was subsequently arrested.

The arrested man has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. The case will be brought up at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (January 8).

Following the increasing number of visitors to Hong Kong, Customs will continue to apply a risk assessment approach and focus on selecting passengers from high-risk regions for clearance to combat transnational drug trafficking activities.

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) or online form (eform.cefs.gov.hk/form/ced002/).

Ends/Sunday, January 7, 2024

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