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Hong Kong seized suspected methamphetamine and cocaine worth over $12 million

Christian Fernsby |
Hong Kong Customs seized about 9 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine and about 5 kilograms of suspected cocaine with a total estimated market value of about $12.2 million at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) respectively on May 20.

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Topics: HONG KONG   

Through risk assessment, Customs officers on that day selected and inspected at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound a seaborne consignment, which was declared as containing oil paintings and had arrived in Hong Kong from Thailand. The batch of suspected methamphetamine was found concealed inside five oil paintings.

Upon follow-up investigation, on May 25, Customs officers arrested a 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old man suspected to be connected with the case in Kam Tin.

Investigation of the above-mentioned case is ongoing.

Also, Customs officers on the same day inspected an air postal packet that had arrived in Hong Kong from Brazil at HKIA and found the batch of suspected cocaine concealed inside 10 bags of health food.

Upon follow-up investigation, Customs officers on May 24, arrested a 20-year-old man suspected to be connected with the case in Tsuen Wan.

The arrested man has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts May 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.


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