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Hong Kong seizes suspected heroin worth over $15 million

Christian Fernsby |
Hong Kong Customs seized 44 pieces of clothing soaked with suspected heroin with a total weight of about 12 kilograms at Hong Kong International Airport.

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Topics: HONG KONG   

The estimated market value of the drug was about $15.8 million.

On May 6, Customs officers inspected an air express parcel, declared as carrying ladies clothes, arriving from Afghanistan en route to Australia via Hong Kong and found the 44 pieces of clothing inside were suspicious, such as having a sour smell, looking stiffer than usual for clothes and being heavier.

Upon in-depth examination, the batch of clothing was found to be soaked with suspected heroin. It was believed that the culprits had intended to impregnate the clothes with liquid heroin to evade detection by Customs officers.

An investigation is ongoing.

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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