HK Customs foils drug trafficking attempt at airport

20:17, November 10, 2009      

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Hong Kong Customs Tuesday announced that a drug trafficking attempt was foiled at the local airport on Nov. 9 in which about 920 grams of cannabis resin with an estimated market value of 90,000 HK dollars was seized.

Customs officers of the Airport Command intercepted a 40-year- old male passenger arriving from India via Bangladesh at the Hong Kong International Airport for Customs clearance.

Two slabs of suspected cannabis resin, about 920 grams in total, were found concealed underneath the insoles of the sports shoes the man was wearing.

Officers of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau took over the case for follow-up investigations.

The man, who claimed to be a businessman, was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and will appear at the Tsuen Wan Magistrates' Courts on Nov. 11.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offense. The maximum penalty is up to life imprisonment and a fine of 5 million HK dollars. (7.8 HK dollars = 1 U.S. dollar)

Source: Xinhua
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