Two held over suspected drug parcel labeled as seasoning
Customs officers intercepted the suspicious parcel at Hong Kong International Airport
Two men holding visitor visas were arrested by Hong Kong customs officers on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking after they received a parcel containing suspected illegal drugs.
On Tuesday, when customs officers inspected a parcel from Malaysia at Hong Kong International Airport, they found suspected illegal drugs stored inside three plastic bottles labeled as seasoning sauce, according to a government release.
After an investigation, the officers seized about 5 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine with an estimated market value of about HK$2.8 million (US$356,700).
Officers later arrested two 33-year-old male tourists in Kowloon’s Yau Ma Tei area after tracing the parcel’s address, Headline Daily reported.
Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is considered a serious offense in Hong Kong. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of HK$5 million and life imprisonment.