Customs seize $1.4m worth of ketamine

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 March, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 5.23pm:
Customs officers have discovered $1.4 million worth of the party drug ketamine in a consignment at Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, a spokesman said on Tuesday.

The haul was made earlier on Tuesday when officers inspected a consignment from India, which was claimed to be carrying food.

They found 7.5 kilograms of ketamine, with a street value of about $1.4 million, inside 14 boxes.

The spokesman revealed that the drugs were hidden in a batch of food products, books, toys and clothes.

He said initial investigations showed the consignment was intended for the mainland.

Ketamine is a non-barbiturate, fast-acting drug that can produce a dissociative state in users. Side-effects range from rapture to paranoia and feelings of ennui.

Health experts say ketamine can induce out-of-body or near-death experiences, and warn that it can also make users comatose.