Customs detected three drug trafficking cases of air passengers at the airport in the past two days, including two cases of concealment of drugs and one case of strapping drugs around their bodies, and arrested two men and two women, seizing 3.2 kilograms of suspected cocaine and 7.2 kilograms of suspected heroin, with a total market value of $1.460 million. Apart from the local man, three other three were involved in drug possession and a total of more than 3 cocaine tablets were discharged. Among them, a foreign man and a woman have visited Hong Kong several times, and Customs is investigating their past visits to Hong Kong with a view to finding out more relevant evidence.


Customs detected three air passenger drug trafficking cases at the airport for two consecutive days, two of which involved three arrested persons suspected of carrying cocaine to Hong Kong by means of possession of drugs in their bodies. (Photo by Ren Baoying)

Customs officers first intercepted two passengers arriving in Hong Kong from Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Bangkok, Thailand at the airport the day before yesterday (22nd).

Upon examination, the doctor found that both of them had suspected dangerous drugs hidden in their bodies, and Customs officers immediately arrested the two foreigners, a 33-year-old male driver and a 45-year-old unemployed woman. So far, the man has excreted 129 suspected cocaine pills weighing about 800 grams and the woman has discharged 153 suspected cocaine pills weighing about 900 grams. The two are still under medical observation and will be provisionally charged with one count of dangerous drug trafficking at the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow.

In addition, according to Customs investigation, the duo had a number of visits to Hong Kong, and the last one was a few months ago, and Customs will continue to investigate the places they have visited in Hong Kong in the past in the hope of finding more relevant evidence.

Customs detected three air passenger drug trafficking cases at the airport for two consecutive days, two of which involved three arrested persons suspected of carrying cocaine to Hong Kong by means of possession of drugs in their bodies. (Photo by Ren Baoying)

Until yesterday (23rd), Customs intercepted a 45-year-old foreign woman who arrived in Hong Kong from Côte d'Ivodea in West Africa via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, claiming to be a businessman, and asked her to clear customs. So far, she has discharged 41 suspected cocaine tablets weighing about 1 kg in total, and is still under medical observation in hospital.

Customs detected three cases of air passenger drug trafficking at the airport for two consecutive days, two of which involved three arrested persons suspected of carrying cocaine to Hong Kong by way of concealment of drugs in their bodies. (Photo by Ren Baoying)

Another 31-year-old local male site worker who arrived in Hong Kong from Penang, Malaysia, was found by an airport customs officer to have an unnatural bulge in his upper clothes, and the customs officer asked her to undergo a body search, revealing that he had hidden six pieces of suspected heroin weighing about 6.2 kg with a market value of about $1.150 million in the waist seal tied to his body. Customs investigation believes that he received a reward of $6,<> for transporting drugs to Hong Kong, and he has been charged with one count of trafficking in dangerous drugs, and will appear in the West Kowloon Magistrates' Courts tomorrow. During the operation, Customs also seized a batch of wrappers suspected to be used for heroin bearing the Double Lions Earth logo.

Customs detected three air passenger drug trafficking cases at the airport for two consecutive days, one of which involved a 3-year-old arrested local man suspected of using a waist band and about 31.2 kilograms of suspected heroin strapped to his body and carrying it to Hong Kong. (Photo by Ren Baoying)

Since February, customs has cracked 2 cases of drug trafficking by air passengers, detaining 69 people and seizing 89 million yuan of drugs

Customs said that the persons arrested in the three cases were dressed in similar clothes to ordinary passengers, but in fact they were concealing drugs in an attempt to deceive them. Together with these three cases, Customs has detected five air passenger drug trafficking cases this week, arrested seven persons and seized a total of 3 kilograms of various drugs with a market value of $3 million. Since the full resumption of travel in February this year, Customs has detected 5 cases of drug trafficking by air passengers, arrested 7 persons and seized over 21 kilograms of drugs with a market value of over $1700 million. Customs will continue to focus on selecting persons from high-risk areas for screening based on risk management and intelligence analysis to combat drug trafficking activities.

Trafficking in dangerous drugs is a serious crime punishable by conviction to life imprisonment and a fine of $500 million.

Customs detected three air passenger drug trafficking cases at the airport for two consecutive days, seizing 3.2 kilograms of suspected cocaine and 7.2 kilograms of suspected heroin, with a total market value of $1.460 million. Senior Inspector Law Ling-wai (left) of the Air Passenger Section of the Airport Division of the Customs and Excise Department and Chow Wing-cheong, Senior Investigation Officer of the Airport Investigation Division of the Customs and Excise Department, give an account of the case. (Photo by Ren Baoying)