This photo shows suspected cocaine seized during an operation on Dec 22, 2022. Hong Kong Customs detected a drug trafficking case at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound and seized about 300 kilograms of suspected cocaine. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)
Hong Kong Customs seized about 300 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about HK$260 million at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on Dec 22.
The 300 slabs of suspected drugs – each weighing about 1kg – were found concealed inside 30 carton boxes of frozen chicken feet when customs officers inspected a seaborne container from Brazil at the examination compound, according to a government press release.
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A 67-year-old male truck driver suspected to have link with the incident was arrested the same day at the scene
A 67-year-old male truck driver suspected to have link with the incident was arrested the same day at the scene. He was released after subsequent investigations.
Upon follow-up investigation, two more men – a 72-year-old in charge of a receiving company and a 38-year-old who claimed to be a private driver – were arrested in Tsing Yi and Kowloon City respectively on Wednesday.
After investigation, they were released on bail pending further investigation, the release added.
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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.