$4.8 M worth of cocaine from FDH tested

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The confiscated drugs

GOVERNMENT chemists are conducting tests to determine the purity of $4.8 million worth of suspected cocaine that was confiscated from a Filipino domestic worker from Dubai.

Tsuen Wan Acting Principal Magistrate Cheang Kei-hong rescheduled the hearing of the drug trafficking case filed against 44-year-old Imelda Gimena Penascosa.

He reset the case to June 20 pending the results of the tests and legal advice from the Department of Justice.

“The case is adjourned to June 20. In the meantime, the defendant is remanded in jail custody,” Judge Cheang said on May 9.

Hong Kong Customs officers seized about 4.4 kilograms of suspected cocaine from Penascosa at the Hong Kong International Airport yesterday on February 13 after she arrived from Dubai.

“During Customs clearance, Customs officers found three snack boxes inside the rucksack she carried. In-depth examination led to the discovery of 248 pellets of suspected cocaine,” a government statement said.

“The arrested woman claimed to be a domestic helper. She was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug,” it added.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

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