Hong Kong Customs seizes HK$57 million worth of suspected liquid cocaine in major drug trafficking bust

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1st March 2024 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs made a significant breakthrough in the fight against drug trafficking on January 19, uncovering a large-scale seaborne operation and seizing approximately 57.5 kilograms of suspected liquid cocaine at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound. The estimated market value of the seized drugs is around $57 million. As a result of the operation, six individuals believed to be linked to the case were apprehended.

The Customs officials identified a 40-foot seaborne container originating from Brazil, declared as transporting 617 cartons of chicken pate and 500 cartons of milk cream mix, as a potential target for inspection based on risk assessment and intelligence analysis. During the examination, the officers discovered approximately 57.5 kilograms of suspected liquid cocaine concealed within 60 cartons of chicken pate.

Following intense follow-up investigations, on 23rd February a 36-year-old male construction worker in Kam Tin was arrested in connection with the case. However, he has since been released pending further investigation.

In subsequent operations, Customs officers apprehended three male truck drivers, aged between 46 and 60, in Kwai Chung and Ngau Tau Kok on 26th February. Additionally, on 27th and 29th February, they arrested a 48-year-old male truck driver and a 36-year-old unemployed man in Tuen Mun and Yau Ma Tei respectively. The four male truck drivers have been released on bail pending further investigation, while the unemployed man remains in custody for ongoing inquiries.