HK Customs seizes suspected cannabidiol (CBD) oil and cannabis buds worth HK$5,000, 30-year-old man arrested


Hong Kong Government Press Release

9th February 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs seized four bottles of cannabidiol (CBD) oil and about four grams of suspected cannabis buds with an estimated market value of about $5,000 at Hong Kong International Airport, Yau Ma Tei and Tseung Kwan O on 6th February and yesterday. A man was arrested. This is the first case that Hong Kong Customs seized suspected CBD products after the new legislative control of CBD has come into effect on 1st February.

Through risk assessment, Customs inspected one air parcel, which was declared as skin oil, arrived in Hong Kong from Denmark at the airport on 6th February. Upon inspection, Customs officers found two bottles of suspected CBD oil. The total weight of the drugs was about 60 millilitres.

Customs officers today mounted a controlled delivery operation in Yau Ma Tei and arrested a 30-year-old man, suspected to be connected with the case. Customs officers found two other bottles of suspected CBD oil and four grams of suspected cannabis buds upon premises search in his working place.

Later, Customs officers searched a residential premises in Tseung Kwan O, which was the home unit of the arrested man, and found a grinder containing traces of suspected cannabis buds inside the premises.

 Investigation is ongoing.

The new legislative control of CBD has come into effect on 1st February. CBD is under the same strict control as other dangerous drugs under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance from that day. With the commencement of the new regulation, Customs will step up enforcement action to intercept the import and transit movements of CBD products in various channels. At the same time, Customs will continue to apply risk assessment strategy to select passengers, cargoes and postal packets for clearance to combat transnational drug trafficking activities.