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Woman carrying suspected liquid cocaine valued at HK$1.4 million arrested at Hong Kong airport

Visitor, 21, arrived from Peru via France, and customs officers seized liquor bottles from her luggage during inspection

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 May, 2018, 7:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 May, 2018, 7:03pm

A female visitor from South America accused of using liquor bottles as cover to smuggle 1.4kg of suspected liquid cocaine into the city was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport, the Customs and Excise Department said on Thursday.

The 21-year-old woman arrived from Peru via Paris, France, and was intercepted by customs officers for inspection at the airport on Wednesday afternoon.

“During Customs’ clearance, three liquor bottles with the suspected liquid cocaine were found in her luggage. The woman was then arrested,” the department said in a press statement.

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The haul had an estimated street value of HK$1.4 million (US$178,000), customs officials said.

The Post understands the three bottles were among five liquor containers seized in her luggage. No drugs were found in the other two bottles.

As of 5pm on Thursday, the woman was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

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In Hong Kong, trafficking in a dangerous drug carries a maximum penalty of life in jail and a HK$5 million fine.

The drug seizure was the fourth at the city’s airport within a fortnight. Illegal drugs worth nearly HK$3 million were seized and five men arrested in the previous three cases.

Figures show local authorities seized 402kg of cocaine across the city last year, down 14.6 per cent compared with 2016.