Hong Kong Customs today (March 6) seized about 3.2 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine and 8.3 kilograms of suspected cocaine with a total estimated market value of about $10 million at Hong Kong International Airport.
Two female passengers, aged 62 and 66 respectively, arrived in Hong Kong from Johannesburg, South Africa, today. During customs clearance, the batch of suspected methamphetamine was found concealed inside the false compartments of their carry-on suitcases while the batch of suspected cocaine was found strapped around their body. They were then arrested.
Investigation is ongoing.
Customs will continue to apply a risk assessment strategy to select outbound, inbound and transit passengers for clearance to intercept different kinds of 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Ends/Friday, March 6, 2020