Customs yesterday (27th) detected a case of luggage drug trafficking at the airport, when officers of the Airport Division of Customs cleared two local women who arrived in Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, they found that the "X-ray" images of their hand luggage were suspicious, and after opening and inspecting, they found 46 boxes of durian crisps, which the two women reported as souvenirs for their own use; However, after opening the relevant package for inspection, officers revealed a total of about 6.4 kilograms of suspected cocaine inside, with an estimated market value of about $700 million.


Hong Kong Haiji yesterday (27th) conducted customs clearance for two local women who arrived in Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur, and found that they had 46 boxes of durian crisp in their luggage, containing 6.4 kilograms of suspected cocaine with a market value of HK$700 million. (Photo by Chen Haoran)

Yesterday afternoon (27th) investigators of the Airport Bureau of the Customs and Excise Department, Senior Investigation Officer of the Airport Investigation Bureau, said that yesterday afternoon (46th) the investigators of the Airport Division of the Customs and Excise Department cleared customs at the airport for two local women who arrived in Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was found that about 6.4 kilograms of suspected cocaine was concealed and the two women were immediately arrested on suspicion of trafficking in dangerous drugs.

The Narcotics Bureau of the Customs and Excise Department took over the investigation and upon preliminary investigation, it was revealed that the two women had reported 46 boxes of durian crisps for their own use. Mr Yiu said that in this case, Customs officers found that the camouflaged durian crisp had a high degree of simulation and could skillfully conceal drugs in it in an attempt to confuse Customs inspection, but Customs officers finally succeeded in solving the case with their rich experience and the use of high-end equipment. The 40-year-old woman arrested reported as a warehouse clerk; The 23-year-old woman, who was reported as a waiter, is being detained for investigation.

Hong Kong Haiji yesterday (27th) conducted customs clearance for two local women who arrived in Hong Kong from Kuala Lumpur, and found that they had 46 boxes of durian crisp in their luggage, containing 6.4 kilograms of suspected cocaine with a market value of HK$700 million. (Photo by Chen Haoran)

Yao pointed out that with the resumption of convenient travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland and the rest of the world, the number of visitors to Hong Kong has gradually increased, so the department has also adjusted its enforcement strategy in a timely manner, and in accordance with the principle of risk management, focused on selecting passengers from high-risk areas for customs clearance and inspection, so as to strengthen the fight against the flow of drugs into Hong Kong at source. Customs reiterates that trafficking in dangerous drugs is a serious offence and is liable on conviction to life imprisonment and a fine of HK$500 million.