Hong Kong Customs seized about 18 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $19 million during an anti-narcotics operation conducted in Sha Tin on February 23.
During the operation that night, Customs officers intercepted a suspicious man and found the batch of suspected cocaine inside the suitcase he was carrying. The 23-year-old man was then arrested.
The arrested man has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at Eastern Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (February 26).
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 (email@example.com).
Ends/Tuesday, February 25, 2020