Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine valued at $32.5 million


Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      Hong Kong Customs seized about 30 kilograms of suspected cocaine in total with an estimated market value of about $32.5 million during an operation conducted on March 2 and yesterday (March 3).

     Customs officers intercepted two women at an industrial building in Chai Wan on March 2 and subsequently seized inside a flat of the industrial building about 600 grams of suspected cocaine and a batch of drug packing paraphernalia. Customs officers also found two parcels there arrived from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via the Mainland. After in-depth examination, suspected cocaine weighing about 28 kilograms in total were found inside two noodle-making machines inside the parcels.

     Follow-up investigations by Customs officers led to the arrest of another woman with seizure of a small amount of suspected dangerous drugs and drug inhalation apparatus in an apartment in Ma On Shan. Later on, about 1.4 kilograms of suspected cocaine, a small quantity of suspected cannabis as well as about US$100,000 and about HK$1,500,000 in cash were further seized inside a house in Sai Kung.

     It is believed that a transnational drug trafficking syndicate has been smashed.

     The three arrested women, aged between 28 and 31, have been charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug.

They will appear at Eastern Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (March 5).

     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.



Published on: 2018-03-04

Limited copyright is granted for you to use and/or republish any story on this site for any legitimate media purpose as long as you reference 7thSpace and any source mentioned in the story above. Please make sure to read our disclaimer prior to contacting 7thSpace Interactive. To contact our editors, visit our online helpdesk. If you wish submit your own press release, click here.

Discussions




Custom Search



Username
Password










© 2018 7thSpace Interactive
All Rights Reserved - About | Disclaimer | Helpdesk