$3.9M cocaine shipment intercepted from Manila
They’re at it again.
Hong Kong Customs officers arrested a woman from Manila on Sunday after she was caught with $3.9 million worth of suspected cocaine.
In a statement, the HK government said customs officers seized about 3.33 kilograms of suspected cocaine from the 30-year-old woman at Hong Kong International Airport.
“The woman arrived at Hong Kong from Manila, the Philippines, last night (September 4). During Customs clearance, 37 packets of hair care products were found inside her check-in baggage,” the statement said.
“Upon thorough examination, a total weight of about 3.33kg of suspected cocaine was found inside the packets of hair care products,” it added.
The woman, who claimed to be a hairstylist, was charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug.
Under Hong Kong’s Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.
Airport authorities in Manila are still investigating how another woman was able to slip through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on July 30 and fly to Hong Kong with $750,000 worth of suspected cocaine.