HK$8,000 each to smuggle HK$10 million of cocaine: three Hongkongers arrested at Bangkok airport
Authorities suspect drug was brought into Thailand from Brazil and destined for Hong Kong
Three young Hongkongers were arrested on Monday at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on suspicion of carrying 12.3kg of cocaine worth more than HK$10 million into Thailand from Brazil, after Hong Kong police tipped off local authorities.
The suspects were identified as Fong Yee-ting, 19, Tung Wing-yan, 22, and Yau Kit-long, 24, according to Bangkok Post. Thai authorities believed the drug was bound for Hong Kong.
A Hong Kong police source said the force and Thai police were searching for a Hong Kong woman who paid the three suspects HK$8,000 each to deliver the drugs from Brazil to Thailand.
“Upon questioning the three suspects, [we found that] they were hired by a Hong Kong woman, known only as ‘Ming’,” secretary-general Sirinya Sitdhichai of Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board said.
“They were hired for HK$8,000 each, or about $35,000 baht, to carry the drug from Brazil to Thailand.”
The suspects told investigators that they intended to deliver the drug to Ming at a hotel in the Sukhumvit area, he said.
Officers suspect that Ming was tipped off as she was not at the hotel and has now fled to Hong Kong.
The trio were intercepted by local officers at the Bangkok airport on a tip off by Hong Kong authorities.
According to Sirinya, cocaine was found hidden in secret compartments of luggage belonging to the suspects.
A Hong Kong government source said it was possible that the drugs would be carried from Bangkok to Guangzhou, before being smuggled by land into Hong Kong.
He said mainland authorities had made seizures of cocaine in Guangdong province recently, and the drugs were being smuggled under the same modus operandi.
He added that Hong Kong and its mainland counterparts were following up on the case.
Police figures show cocaine seizures in Hong Kong rose about 97 per cent to 576kg last year compared with 292kg in 2015.