Hong Kong International Airport, and (inset), ecstasy. Photo: iStock/Wikimedia Commons

A domestic worker was arrested by customs officers and charged with drug trafficking after a parcel containing illegal drugs was mailed to her from Europe.

On Saturday, customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport identified a suspicious parcel sent from Belgium, news website HK01.com reported.

After checking with an X-ray machine, officers found that the parcel, marked as pieces of cloth, had suspicious contents. An investigation revealed a hidden compartment in the parcel which contained 1,921 ecstasy tablets with an estimated market value of HK$144,000 (US$18,406).

The parcel was addressed to a residential apartment in Tseung Kwan O in the New Territories. Officers raided the apartment and arrested the parcel’s recipient, a 35-year-old domestic worker.

Customs officers believed the employer had no involvement. The domestic worker was charged with one count of drug trafficking. She was detained and will appear at the Kowloon West Magistrates Court on Thursday. Local media did not mention the nationality of the domestic worker.

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