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Heroin hidden in Hong Kong transhipment

CUSTOMS officers have discovered nearly a kilo of heroin secreted inside a cargo shipment at Hong Kong International airport.

In a statement published on the Hong Kong Government Customs and Excise website, officers detected a suspected drug trafficking case and seized about 900 grams of suspected heroin with an estimated value of US$84,000.

It was found in a transhipment express cargo consignment – which was declared as a ‘candle holder and small plate’ – being flown from Malaysia to Canada, via Hong Kong.

“During the course of examination, Customs officers observed suspicious X-ray images of six placemats inside the consignment,” the announcement reveals.

Suspected heroin was subsequently found inside the placemats.

In Hong Kong, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence. The maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million.

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