Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected methamphetamine concealed in candles worth about $3.5 million  at airport, 2 men arrested


31st January 2023 – (Hong Kong) Hong Kong Customs seized about 6.2 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine with an estimated market value of about $3.5 million at Hong Kong International Airport on 26th January. Two men were arrested.

Through risk assessment, Customs on that day inspected two air parcels, both declared as gifts, arriving in Hong Kong from Mexico at the airport. Upon inspection, Customs officers found that 16 candles were mixed with suspected methamphetamine. The total weight of the drugs was about 6.2kg.

Customs officers yesterday mounted a controlled delivery operation and arrested two men, aged 48 and 51, suspected to be connected with the case in Tsim Sha Tsui. 

Later, Customs officers searched a residential premises in the same district, which was the home unit of the arrested 51-year-old man, and seized two suspected drug-inhaling apparatuses inside the premises.

 Three holding charges were laid against the arrested 51-year-old man, including one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug, one count of attempting to traffic in a dangerous drug and one count of possession of apparatus fit and intended for the inhalation of a dangerous drug. He will appear at the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow. The 48-year-old man has been released after investigation.