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Customs seize 11kg of cocaine hidden in wheelchair at Hong Kong airport

A 51-year-old man flying in from Sint Maarten via Paris has been arrested

  • Mixmag Asia Crew
  • 16 October 2023
Customs seize 11kg of cocaine hidden in wheelchair at Hong Kong airport

On Sunday, 15 October, Hong Kong Customs officers sniffed out around 11kg worth of suspected cocaine concealed in a wheelchair.

A 51-year-old male passenger flew into Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok International Airport from the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten via Paris. He claimed to be a car rental company director.

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A press release by Customs and Excise on Sunday said, “Customs officers found the batch of suspected cocaine concealed inside the interlinings of the cushions and the back of his check-in electric wheelchair. The man was subsequently arrested.”

An investigation is currently ongoing.

The seized contraband, weighing at about 11 kilograms, is estimated to be worth HK$12 million.

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If found guilty of trafficking a dangerous drug, the 51-year-old could face life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.

Hong Kong has recently been campaigning for strict drug laws surrounding, the criminalisation of CBD, where the cannabinoid compound is categorised as a dangerous drug alongside fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

In other parts of Asia, lawmakers in Malaysia are trying to pass a bill to offer treatment instead of punishment for drug users.

[Via HKFP & GovHK]

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