Hong Kong Customs seizes cocaine at airport (with photo)

17 May 2012

Hong Kong Customs officers effected a case of drug trafficking by means of internal concealment at the Hong Kong International Airport on May 12. A foreign male aged 36 was arrested and approximately 1,320 grammes of cocaine with street value of about HK$1.5 million were seized.

The man arrived from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Customs officers at the Airport intercepted him for inspection. He was escorted to hospital for medical check-up and confirmed by doctor to have foreign objects concealed in his body cavity. Subsequently he egested the cocaine seizure. He was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Court tomorrow (May 18).

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

Ends/Thursday, May 17 2012

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