Customs seize liquid ketamine worth HK$58m declared as "rose water”

Local | 29 Jul 2021 8:36 pm

Customs on Tuesday seized about 110kg of suspected liquid ketamine at the airport, which was declared as rose water, with an estimated market value of HK$58 million.

Six persons, aged from 13 to 34, were arrested in connection to the incident, officers added.

Officer inspected an air cargo consignment, declared as carrying rose water, arriving in Hong Kong from Pakistan on Tuesday. The batch of suspected liquid ketamine was found concealed inside 136 plastic bottles, with each carrying about 800 grams of suspected liquid ketamine.

Customs then arrested a 34-year-old man at the airport. After in-depth investigation, officers arrested four boys and a girl, aged from 13 to 17, in Sau Mau Ping and Kwai Chung yesterday.

Three of them are secondary school students and the other two are jobless. Officers believed they participated in the drug trafficking activity because of monetary return

Customs said the investigation is ongoing and reminded the public not to participate in drug trafficking activities for monetary return.

Members of the public must not accept hiring or delegation from another party to carry controlled items into and out of Hong Kong, officers added.

Customs expected the drugs are set to be provided in the local market. Officers also said it was a rare circumstance that those bottles of “rose water” would be arriving from Pakistan, and therefore drew the attention of officers.

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

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