Customs seize HK$130m worth of cocaine in biggest such bust in past two decades
Customs have seized 110kg of cocaine worth about HK$130 million in their largest bust of airborne cocaine trafficking case in the past two decades.
Officers on June 22 inspected an air cargo consignment arriving in Hong Kong from Brazil at the Hong Kong International Airport and seized the haul of cocaine inside two hydraulic devices.
A Customs spokesman said after risk assessment and data analysis, officers selected an air cargo consignment arriving in Hong Kong from Brazil for inspection.
“During preliminary inspection, the officers suspected that dangerous drugs were concealed inside two large-scale hydraulic devices,” the spokesman said.
“Officers then dismantled the parts of the two hydraulic devices with assistance from the Fire Services Department and found a batch of suspected cocaine wrapped with plastic materials in each of the two devices. The total weight was about 110kg.”
Upon follow-up investigation, Customs officers arrested two men, aged 50 and 51, on June 26, suspected to be connected with the case.
Investigation is ongoing and the two have been released on bail pending further investigation.