Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine (with photo)

29 Jan 2020

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (January 28) seized about 2.2 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $2.3 million at Hong Kong International Airport.

A male passenger arrived in Hong Kong from Toronto, Canada, yesterday. During customs clearance, the batch of suspected cocaine was found concealed inside the false compartments of his check-in suitcase. The man was then arrested.

The arrested man, aged 69, has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (January 30).

Customs will continue to apply a risk assessment approach and focus on selecting passengers from high-risk regions for clearance. The department has also further stepped up enforcement action during the Lunar New Year with a view to combating transnational drug trafficking activities effectively.

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/Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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