Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine worth about $2.6 million (with photo)

Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine worth about $2.6 million (with photo)

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     ​Hong Kong Customs yesterday (November 25) seized about three kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $2.6 million at Hong Kong International Airport.



     A 43-year-old female passenger arrived in Hong Kong from São Paulo, Brazil, via Doha, Qatar, yesterday. During customs clearance, the batch of suspected cocaine was found concealed inside the false compartments of her hand-carried suitcase and briefcase. The woman was subsequently arrested.  



     An investigation is ongoing.



     Customs will continue to apply a risk assessment approach and focus on selecting passengers from high-risk regions for clearance to combat transnational drug trafficking activities.



     Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $5 million and life imprisonment.



     Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine worth about $900,000 (with photo)

Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine worth about $900,000 (with photo)

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     Hong Kong Customs yesterday (October 28) seized about 1 kilogram of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $900,000 at Hong Kong International Airport.



     A 28-year-old female passenger arrived in Hong Kong from Madagascar via Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday. During customs clearance, the batch of suspected cocaine was found concealed inside the false compartment of her checked-in suitcase. The


woman was then arrested.



     The arrested woman has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on October 31.



     Customs will continue to apply a risk assessment approach and focus on selecting passengers from high-risk regions for clearance to combat transnational drug trafficking activities.



     Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $5 million and life imprisonment.



     Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).


 

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine worth about $6.2 million (with photo)

Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected cocaine worth about $6.2 million (with photo)

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     Hong Kong Customs yesterday (October 5) seized about 6 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about $6.2 million at Hong Kong International Airport. Two women were arrested.



     Customs officers yesterday inspected an air cargo consignment, declared as carrying fresh vegetables, arriving in Hong Kong from Ethiopia at the airport. Upon inspection, Customs officers found that the batch of suspected cocaine had been concealed between layers of four carton boxes.



     After follow-up investigation, Customs officers arrested two women, aged 31 and 36, suspected to be connected with the case. A charge with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug was laid against the duo. They will appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (October 7).



     Customs reminds members of the public to stay alert and not to participate in drug trafficking activities for monetary return. They must not accept hiring or delegation from another party to carry controlled items into and out of Hong Kong. They are also reminded not to carry unknown items for other people, nor to release their personal data or home address to others for receiving parcels or goods.



     Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $5 million and life imprisonment.



     Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Hong Kong – Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected dangerous drugs worth about $2.7 million (with photo)

Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected dangerous drugs worth about $2.7 million (with photo)

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     Hong Kong Customs yesterday (September 23) seized about 4.5 kilograms of suspected ketamine, about 150 grams of suspected cocaine and about 90g of suspected crack cocaine with a total estimated market value of about $2.7 million in Cheung Sha Wan. Two men and a woman, aged between 22 and 26 years old, suspected to be connected with the case were arrested.

 

     During an anti-narcotics operation conducted in the vicinity of Sham Shing Road, Cheung Sha Wan, yesterday evening, Customs officers intercepted two men and found about 770g of suspected ketamine inside a plastic bag carried by the 24-year-old man. The two men were subsequently arrested. Customs officers later escorted the duo to a nearby residential flat, rented by one of them, for a search and further seized about 150g of suspected cocaine and a batch of drug packaging paraphernalia therein. A 22-year-old woman in the flat, who was suspected to be connected with the case, was also arrested. Upon follow-up investigation, Customs officers further seized about 3.7kg of suspected ketamine and 90g of suspected crack cocaine in the residential estate. 



     Upon investigation, the arrested men were charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. The 26-year-old man was additionally charged with another two counts of trafficking in a dangerous drug. They will appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on September 26. The arrested woman has been released on bail pending further investigation.



     Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of $5 million and life imprisonment.

 

     Members of the public may report any suspected drug trafficking activities to Customs’ 24-hour hotline 2545 6182 or its dedicated crime-reporting email account (crimereport@customs.gov.hk).

Hong Kong – AFCD seizes live endangered animals and endangered species specimen suspected of being illegally possessed (with photos)

AFCD seizes live endangered animals and endangered species specimen suspected of being illegally possessed (with photos)

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     The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) seized three live endangered animals and an endangered animal specimen suspected to be illegally possessed in an exhibition today (September 23), involving a live green iguana (Iguana iguana), a live Spencer’s monitor (Varanus spenceri), a live golden coin turtle (Cuora trifasciata) and an African grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus) specimen.



     The AFCD received complaints recently regarding the display of live endangered animals and endangered species specimens suspected of being illegally possessed in an exhibition, and hence conducted onsite inspection. AFCD staff found live endangered animals and a specimen of endangered species on display at a booth in the exhibition. As the person responsible for the booth had failed to present a valid license or relevant documentary proof, AFCD staff therefore seized the concerned animals and specimen for further investigation.



     A spokesman for the AFCD said, “Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance (Cap. 586), the possession of specimens of Appendix I to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora for commercial purposes is generally prohibited and the possession of live animals of Appendix II requires a valid Licence to Possess or documentary proof to show that the specimen is not of wild origin.”



     A spokesman for the AFCD said that illegal possession of endangered species is a serious offence. Any person contravening the Ordinance will be liable to a maximum fine of $10 million and imprisonment for 10 years upon conviction. The specimens will also be forfeited.



     The Government is committed to protecting endangered species by monitoring and combatting relevant offences. Please call 2150 6978 or email espint@afcd.gov.hk to report any suspected irregularities.