Hong Kong officers nab two men after finding HK$8.5m of liquid cocaine in palm oil barrels

Customs officer acting on information found drug hidden in false compartment of barrels

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 October, 2016, 8:31am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 October, 2016, 9:07am

Two men were arrested after HK$8.5 million worth of liquid cocaine was found for the first time in the false compartment of five palm oil barrels, the Hong Kong Customs announced.

Some 7.5 kilograms of suspected liquid cocaine were seized in Fanling on Saturday, a spokesman said.

He said the customs officers were acting on information and conducted an anti-narcotics operation at Hak Pai Tsai Village in Fanling.

They intercepted two men who were offloading five barrels from a lorry to a tin shack nearby.

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“Upon examination of the five barrels, palm oil was found inside, with suspected liquid cocaine found concealed in the false compartment at the bottom,” he said.

With the aid of the Fire Services Department, the officers discovered 1.5kg of suspected liquid cocainehidden in each barrel.

A 44-year-old man, who claimed to be a transportation worker, and a 30-year-old man who claimed to be unemployed, were arrested.

“The case is still under investigation,” the spokesman said.

Also on Saturday, another Hong Kong man was arrested in a police crackdown that netted suspected methamphetamine and cocaine valued at HK$10 million.

The 38-year-old man, surnamed Chui, was carrying about 60g of cocaine and 35g of methamphetamine in his pocket when he was intercepted by narcotics officers near Ting Kok Road in Tai Po.

Trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence, and the maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance.