Hong Kong seizes $98 million cocaineJuly 7th, 2012 - 11:28 am ICT by IANS
Hong Kong, July 7 (IANS) At least three people have been arrested after custom officials in Hong Kong seized city’s biggest drug haul of about 650 kg, having an estimated market value of $98 million, Xinhua reported.
According to the Hong Kong government’ news website, Hong Kong Customs detected a cocaine trafficking case with a record seizure of 649 kg worth.
On Wednesday, a container from Ecuador’s Quayaquil City, stated to be containing “Laurel Wood” arrived in Hong Kong at Kwai Chung Container Terminals.
Later, a container truck took that container and delivered it to a designated location for being collected by two men.
When examined by the customs officers, the container had 22 nylon bags in it containing a total of 541 slabs of cocaine, with each slab weighing about 1,200 grams.
According to the city’s Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, drug trafficking is a serious offence and the maximum penalty is up to life imprisonment and a fine of five million HK dollars.
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