A 37-year-old woman from an undisclosed Southeast Asian country was arrested by Customs officers in Hong Kong on Friday (May 4) after she picked up an air package containing illegal drugs.
On April 27, Hong Kong’s Airport Freight Forwarding Centre identified a suspicious parcel that was sent from Benin in West Africa, Oriental Daily reported.
By using an X-ray machine, officers of the Customs and Excise Department found that the parcel, marked as containing 22 bags of potato starch and dried plants, contained 16 bags of suspected drugs. They opened the parcel and found 480g of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, which had a market price of about HK$250,000 (US$31,849).
Last Friday, the parcel was sent to an apartment in Yuen Long in New Territories West. When a woman came to pick it up, Customs investigators arrested her for alleged drug smuggling, Sing Tao Daily reported. The officials did not disclose more details about the woman arrested.
Similar incidents have happened before. On March 14 last year, a 31-year-old former Indonesian domestic worker, who was staying in Hong Kong as an asylum seeker, was arrested by Customs officers when she picked up a parcel sent from Brazil to Hong Kong containing 250 grams of cocaine for someone.
And last Thursday, an African holder of a temporary Hong Kong identity card was arrested by Customs officers in Kwun Tong when he picked up a parcel from Brazil that contained 1.7 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated market value of about HK$1.7 million.