$12m cannabis haul seized at airport

Local | Erin Chan 24 Jan 2020

Customs officers believe they have broken the biggest cannabis-trafficking case in a decade, seizing cannabis buds worth HK$12 million at Chek Lap Kok airport.

A 50-year-old driver for a logistics company was arrested when he arrived at the airport cargo terminal to pick up the consignment from Canada last Friday. He was released on bail pending further investigation.

The 70 kilograms of suspected cannabis buds were seized from a cargo container which declared the products inside were loudspeakers being sent from Canada to Hong Kong.

Lee Chi-hong, commander of the Customs cargo examination unit, said officers opened the 32 loudspeakers inside the container and found the drugs packaged into 128 foil-wrapped bricks, each weighing 550 grams.

Superintendent Barry Chu Yin-min, of drug investigation, said some of the drugs were for local consumption while the rest were destined for South Asian countries.

After arresting the driver, Customs officers posed as delivery workers, sending the goods to the recipient's address in North District the same day. But the supposed recipient did not show up.

Seizure of cannabis by the Customs went up 88 percent in 2019 to 266 kilograms, compared with 2018.



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