Hong Kong Customs seizes heroin at the airport (with photo)

20 Nov 2011

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (November 19) arrested a 52-year-old woman at the Hong Kong International Airport and seized 2.7 kg of heroin with a retail value of about $2.13 million.

Yesterday afternoon, Customs officers intercepted the woman arriving from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for inspection at the arrival hall of the airport and found 2.7 kg of heroin in the concealed compartment of her luggage.

The arrested woman, declaring as a businesswoman, will be charged with one count of "Trafficking in a Dangerous Drug" and will appear in Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court tomorrow (November 21).

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offence, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

A spokesman for Hong Kong Customs said today (November 20), "This is the fourth cross-boundary heroin trafficking case detected by Hong Kong Customs at the airport in the past 30 days, with a total of four persons arrested. The previous three cases were detected in late October with a total seizure of 3.3 kg of heroin and one man and two women, aged from 30 to 41, arrested."

In order to effectively combat the cross-boundary drug trafficking, Hong Kong Customs will continue to enlist close cooperation among law enforcement agencies worldwide and strengthen the intelligence exchange with them.

Ends/Sunday, November 20, 2011

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