Hong Kong Customs seizes HK$16 million worth of suspected cannabis buds in Kwai Chung

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16th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs authorities recently confiscated approximately 77 kilograms of suspected cannabis buds, with an estimated market value of around $16 million. The seizure took place at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound on May 9.

The operation was initiated following a risk assessment, which led Customs officers to inspect a seaborne container arriving from Thailand and declared as carrying assorted foodstuffs. Upon thorough inspection, officers discovered the hidden stash of suspected cannabis buds cleverly concealed within packages of instant noodles and cornflakes.

After conducting a follow-up investigation and a controlled delivery operation, Customs officers apprehended a 32-year-old foreign male consignee in Prince Edward on 14th May. In addition, two local male truck drivers, aged 42 and 49, were arrested in North Point on 15th May.

While the two local men have been released on bail pending further investigation, the arrested foreign national has been charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He is scheduled to appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on 17th May.

Hong Kong Customs remains committed to intensifying its efforts in combating drug trafficking activities by employing intelligence analysis. The department also issues a reminder to the public, urging them to stay vigilant and refrain from engaging in drug trafficking for financial gains. Individuals are strongly advised against accepting offers or tasks from third parties to transport controlled items into or out of Hong Kong. It is also crucial to avoid carrying unknown items for others and disclosing personal data or home addresses to receive parcels or goods on behalf of unknown individuals.

Trafficking in dangerous drugs is a severe offence under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, carrying a maximum penalty of a $5 million fine and life imprisonment upon conviction.