Passenger jailed for CBD possession

July 7, 2023

An incoming passenger to Hong Kong has been sentenced at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts to two months’ imprisonment for being in possession of cannabidiol (CBD) and other drugs.


The 32-year-old female passenger arrived in Hong Kong from the United States on March 29. During customs clearance, two bottles of personal care products containing what officers suspected to be CBD were found in her luggage.


Officers also seized about 2.2g of suspected ketamine, concealed in a glass container, and 10 syringes they suspected were intended for the injection of a dangerous drug. The woman was subsequently arrested.


The Government Laboratory later confirmed a total of about 5g of CBD was contained in the two bottles, while the other substance seized was indeed ketamine.


The woman was sentenced after being convicted on two counts of possession of a dangerous drug and one of possession of equipment intended for the injection of a dangerous drug, in contravention of the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.


Customs welcomed the sentence, which marks the first time an offender has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment since CBD was listed as a dangerous drug under the Ordinance on February 1.


Suspected drug trafficking activities should be reported online, via Customs' 24-hour hotline, on 2545 6182, or by email to its dedicated crime-reporting email account.

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