The 13 kilograms of hash seized at Hong Kong airport. Photo: iStock/HK Government

A 49-year-old man from India was arrested by customs officers at Hong Kong airport on Monday and charged with smuggling drugs. The man arrived at Hong Kong International Airport from Delhi and customs officers found illegal drugs concealed inside his suitcase, according to a government statement.

After a search, officers found 13 kilograms of cannabis resin, or hash, in a false compartment in the suitcase which was estimated to be worth about HK$1 million (US$127,960).

The man was arrested and charged with one count of trafficking dangerous drugs and appeared at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. Authorities will investigate the source of the illegal drugs, its sales channels in the city and any triad involvement, Oriental Daily reported.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking a dangerous drug is a serious offense. The maximum penalty is a fine of $5 million and life imprisonment.

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