The Customs and Excise Department yesterday (22nd) detected two drug trafficking cases in Tsuen Wan and Hong Kong International Airport, arrested two men, seized about 2 kilograms of suspected ketamine and about 4 grams of suspected cocaine, with an estimated market value of about 940 million yuan.


Ketamine is suspected. (Provided by customs)

In the first case, customs officers arrested a man yesterday during an anti-drug operation in Tsuen Wan and seized a small amount of suspected ketamine on his body, after which the 27-year-old man was arrested. Customs officers then escorted him to a nearby residential unit for search, where he seized approximately 4 kilograms of suspected ketamine and a shipment of drug packaging kits. The arrested man has been charged with one count of possession of dangerous drugs and one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs and will be arraigned at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Court next Monday (25th).

In the second case, a 51-year-old male traveller arrived in Hong Kong yesterday from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When customs officers cleared customs for him, they found a total of about 2 grams of suspected cocaine in two health product packages in his baggage in his storage compartment and arrested him. The case is still under investigation.

A 51-year-old male traveller arrived in Hong Kong yesterday from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When the customs officer cleared the customs on his behalf, a total of about 2 grams of suspected cocaine were found in two health product packages in his checked luggage, (provided by customs)

Customs and Excise will continue to step up the fight against drug trafficking on the basis of intelligence analysis, and at the same time appeal to the public to be vigilant not to engage in drug trafficking activities for monetary gain, not to accept any person's engagement or entrustment to transport controlled goods into and out of Hong Kong, and not to rashly assist others in transporting goods without determining the nature of the goods.

Trafficking in dangerous drugs is a serious offence under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance and is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of $500 million and life imprisonment.