Woman arrested at Hong Kong airport with HK$5 million of suspected cocaine soaked in her suitcase

Suspect stopped at airport after travelling from Bolivia via Brazil and Dubai

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 September, 2016, 7:31am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 September, 2016, 7:30am

Customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport arrested a woman for attempting to smuggle nearly HK$5 million of cocaine into the city.

The 24-year-old “wedding planner”, travelling from Bolivia via Brazil and Dubai, was stopped on Thursday afternoon and found to be carrying 4.2 kilograms of suspected white powder soaked inside her suitcase.

Hong Kong police seize cocaine worth HK$100m in big anti-drug operation

It is the second biggest seizure of cocaine at the airport this year.

Analysis by the South China Morning Post found that nearly 74kg of cocaine worth HK$80 million has been seized at the airport so far this year, most likely preventing it flowing into the bars and nightclubs of Wan Chai and Lan Kwai Fong.

Of the 25 cases this year, 14 have involved passage through Dubai, one of the world’s most popular airport transit hubs.

The arrested woman was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. She will appear in Tsuen Wan Court on Saturday morning.

Someone found guilty of trafficking in a dangerous drug faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million.