HK Customs seize 110kg of cannabis and meth amounting to HK$70m, 3 arrested (Updated: 12.30pm)

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15th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Based on intelligence and in-depth investigation, Hong Kong Customs uncovered two drug cases in succession, and seized about 110 kilograms of cannabis and about 63 kilograms of suspected meth drugs, with a total market value of HK$70 million. A total of 3 persons were arrested in the case.

The two cases occurredd at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) respectively on 31st December, 2021, and 10th January, 2022. 

  Through risk assessment, Customs officers at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound selected for inspection a seaborne consignment, declared as containing oats, that arrived in Hong Kong from Canada on December 31 last year. The batch of suspected cannabis buds, with an estimated market value of about $22.5 million, was seized inside a batch of oat packaging boxes. After a follow-up investigation, Customs officers on 13th January arrested a 16-year-old man and a 34-year-old man suspected to be connected to the case in Yuen Long and Sheung Shui respectively.

Also, Customs officers on 10th January inspected an air cargo consignment, declared as carrying solar panels, arriving in Hong Kong from Mexico at HKIA. Upon examination, the batch of suspected methamphetamine, with an estimated market value of about $47 million, was found concealed inside two sets of solar panels. After a follow-up investigation, Customs officers arrested a 36-year-old woman suspected to be connected to the case in Fanling the next day.

Investigations of the above-mentioned two cases are ongoing.

Photo shows the suspected methamphetamine seized and the solar panels used to conceal the drugs.

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