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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine at airport (with photos)

     Hong Kong Customs seized about 3.2 kilograms of suspected cocaine, with a market value of about $3.43 million, and arrested an incoming male passenger at Hong Kong International Airport on May 28.

     The arrested man arrived in Hong Kong from Milan, Italy, via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. During customs clearance, an X-ray check revealed suspicious images in the hand-carry suitcase. In-depth examination led to the discovery of about 3.2 kilograms of suspected cocaine concealed inside the false compartments of the hand-carry suitcase.

     The arrested man, aged 37 and claiming to be unemployed, was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He will appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts tomorrow (May 31).

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

Ends/Monday, May 30, 2016
Issued at HKT 18:48


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