Customs seizes 110kg of cocaine

June 30, 2021
Sophisticated concealment
Sophisticated concealment:

A haul of suspected cocaine has been found concealed inside two large-scale hydraulic devices.

Customs said today it has detected the largest airborne cocaine trafficking case in the past two decades in terms of the amount of suspected cocaine seized.


The total weight of cocaine seized was about 110kg, worth about $130 million.


Customs officers selected an air cargo consignment arriving in Hong Kong from Brazil at Hong Kong International Airport for inspection on June 22.


During preliminary inspection, the officers suspected that dangerous drugs were concealed inside two large-scale hydraulic devices.


Customs 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.


Customs officers arrested two men, aged 50 and 51, suspected to be connected with the case on June 26.


Customs reiterates that the increasingly sophisticated concealment methods adopted by drug trafficking syndicates will not hinder the department in detecting cases.


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

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