VICTORIA: About 9 kilograms of cocaine was detained at Hong Kong International Airport which was worth about 10 million Honk Kong dollars. For which two persons, a man and a woman were arrested. The cocaine was found at the time of baggage examination.
The arrested persons, a 21-year-old man who claimed to be unemployed and a 20-year-old woman who claimed to be a cashier, arrived at Hong Kong from Sao Paulo, Brazil via Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Upon baggage examination, Customs officers found 12 cans of canned fruit in the female passenger’s checked-in suitcase. Subsequent to in-depth inspection, the cans were found containing the suspected drugs.
The two arrestees will be jointly charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offense. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of 5 million HK dollars.
Hong Kong customs said they will continue to keep track of the latest drugs trafficking trend and formulate pertinent anti- narcotics enforcement strategy. The Department will strengthen intelligence exchange with various overseas law enforcement agencies so as to combat transnational drugs trafficking activities collaboratively.