Hong Kong Customs intercept cocaine worth HK$10 million hidden in down jackets at airport, 29-year-old man arriving from Paris arrested

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12th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs officials intercepted approximately 10 kilograms of suspected cocaine at the airport, concealed ingeniously within the inner linings of down jackets in a passenger’s luggage. The drugs have an estimated street value of $10 million. A 29-year-old male passenger, who had arrived from Paris, France, was arrested in connection with the case.

During routine customs clearance, officers grew suspicious of the man’s check-in baggage. A detailed examination revealed the cocaine stashed away in the padding of 10 down jackets, a method increasingly noted for its creativity but not uncommon in attempts to smuggle narcotics across borders.

The suspect was promptly detained and has since been charged with trafficking in a dangerous drug. He is scheduled to appear before the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow, where the authorities will formally present the charges.