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HK Customs seizes suspected cocaine at airport (with photo)

     Hong Kong Customs yesterday (August 20) arrested an incoming male passenger at Hong Kong International Airport and seized about two kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $2 million.

     Customs Officers yesterday afternoon intercepted a 68-year-old man arriving from Bogota, Columbia via Frankfurt, Germany. Customs officers found him suspicious as he looked cumbersome in his trousers. Subsequent personal search revealed that two kilograms of the suspected cocaine was concealed under the compression shorts he was wearing.

     The arrestee, claimed as unemployed, will be charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (August 22).

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

     Hong Kong Customs will continue to keep track of the latest drug trafficking trend and formulate pertinent anti-narcotics enforcement strategies accordingly. In addition, Hong Kong Customs will strengthen intelligence exchange with various overseas law enforcement agencies so as to combat transnational drug trafficking activities.

Ends/Thursday, August 21, 2014
Issued at HKT 23:02


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