Customs arrested three men yesterday who trafficked “ice” drug and ketamine worth HK$8 million through the air cargo channel in Tsing Yi and at the airport.
Officers on September 7 inspected an air consignment that had arrived in Hong Kong from the Netherlands via Italy. They found about 3.7kg of suspected ketamine concealed inside the false compartments of three carton boxes, leading to the arrest of a 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old man in Kwai Chung.
Officers also inspected three express air consignments that had arrived in Hong Kong from South Africa and Nigeria respectively on September 13, 19 and 21.
Around 8.8kg of suspected “ice” drug was found concealed in the false compartments of a file folder and two handbags. Some of the drug was found concealed inside 34 bottles of lotion on the other hand.
A 26-year-old man in Yau Ma Tei was arrested yesterday, suspected to be in connection with the cases. He has been charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the Kowloon City Magistrates' Courts on Monday
Customs reminds members of the public to stay alert and not to participate in drug trafficking activities for monetary return. The public must not accept hiring or delegation from another party to carry controlled items into and out of Hong Kong, officers added.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offense. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of HK$5 million and life imprisonment.