Woman arrested for hiding HK$770,000 worth of cocaine in body

A 55-year-old woman was arrested at the airport on Friday as customs detected a drug trafficking case and seized about HK$2.2 million worth of cocaine weighing 2 kg.

A 30-year-old woman who arrived in Hong Kong from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was arrested after she was found to have cocaine concealed in her body by Customs.

The woman was intercepted during customs clearance at Hong Kong International Airport after she flew to the city from the Democratic Republic of the Congo via Ethiopia last Friday (Oct 27).

Officers suspected that she had dangerous drugs concealed inside her body cavity and escorted her to the hospital for examination. She was confirmed by a doctor to have foreign objects hidden in her body and was arrested.

The arrestee discharged 60 pellets of suspected cocaine on Sunday, weighing about 720 grams in total and worth about HK$770,000.

This came after another drugs internal concealment case that was busted last week, where a 53-year-old female passenger who arrived from Colombia last Wednesday (Oct 25) was found to have concealed a pellet of cocaine in her body.

The seized drug weighed about 570g, with an estimated market value of about HK$600,000.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in dangerous drugs is a serious offense and the maximum penalty carries a HK$5 million fine and life imprisonment.

Source: The Standard