Customs seizes $0.72 million worth of ketamine

13 Jul 2005

Customs officers of the Airport Command yesterday (July 12) afternoon seized from an incoming passenger 2.6 kg ketamine with estimated retail value of $0.72 million.

During X-ray check on the luggage of an Indian passenger, who had arrived in Hong Kong from India via Singapore, Customs officers spotted suspicious objects in three plastic thermal pots, which were filled with cooked food.

The officers found nine bags of ketamine, weighing 2.6 kg in total, being concealed in the false compartments inside the three thermal plastic pots.

The Indian man, aged 56, was arrested. He will be charged with "trafficking in a dangerous drug" and will appear in Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts for mention tomorrow (July 14).

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

Ends/Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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