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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected ketamine worth about $5.2 million (with photo)

25 October 2022


Hong Kong Customs yesterday (October 24) seized about 9 kilograms of suspected ketamine with an estimated market value of about $5.2 million in Tsuen Wan. A man was arrested.

Acting on intelligence, Customs officers conducted an in-depth investigation and targeted an express parcel posted from the United Kingdom, which was declared as carrying flux powder. The parcel was intercepted at an express courier service centre in Tsuen Wan yesterday. After inspection, Customs officers found 18 sealed plastic bottles labelled as containing flux powder. Subsequently, about 500 grams of suspected ketamine was seized in each plastic bottle, totalling about 9kg. On the same day, Customs officers mounted a controlled delivery operation in Sham Shui Po and arrested a 47-year-old man who received the parcel.

The arrested man has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (October 26).

Customs reminds members of the public to stay alert and not to participate in drug trafficking activities for monetary return. They must not accept hiring or delegation from another party to carry controlled items into and out of Hong Kong. They are also reminded not to carry unknown items for other people, nor to release their personal data or home address to others for receiving parcels or goods.

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).

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (October 24) seized about 9 kilograms of suspected ketamine with an estimated market value of about $5.2 million in Tsuen Wan. Photo shows the suspected ketamine seized. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs yesterday (October 24) seized about 9 kilograms of suspected ketamine with an estimated market value of about $5.2 million in Tsuen Wan. Photo shows the suspected ketamine seized.

 

Ends/Tuesday, October 25, 2022

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