Hong Kong Customs seized about 1.8 kilograms of suspected cocaine worth about $1.94 million at the Hong Kong International Airport today (February 21) and arrested an incoming female passenger.
The woman arrived at Hong Kong from Johannesburg, South Africa. The briefcase carried by her was emptied during customs clearance, but was still abnormally heavy. In-depth examination led to the discovery of two packs of suspected cocaine concealed inside the false compartment of the briefcase.
The arrested woman, aged 23 and claimed to be a merchant, was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. She will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (February 22).
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Ends/Sunday, February 21, 2016