HONG KONG Customs seized about 23.5 kilogrammes of suspected heroin with an estimated market value of about $29 million (approximately 900 million baht) hidden in a consignment of goods that arrived from Thailand on May 27, a press release issued by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region said today (May 30).
Customs officers on that day inspected a seaborne consignment arriving at Hong Kong from Thailand. Upon examination of the electrical appliance-declared consignment, the suspected heroin was found concealed inside the false compartments of 13 water filters and nine coffee machines.
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After follow-up investigation, Customs officers arrested two men, aged 27 and 47, suspected in connection with the case in Yau Ma Tei and Tsuen Wan areas of Hong Kong respectively the next day (May 28).
Investigation is ongoing.
Under Hong Kong’s 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.
Top: The suspected heroin that Hong Kong Customs found hidden in water filters and coffee machines. Photo: The Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region