Officials suspect the drug seized at Hong Kong International Airport was ketamine. Photo: HK Government/Wikimedia CommonsPhoto: HK Government, Wikimedia Commons

Isang 27-taong gulang na lalaking Pilipino ang lumitaw sa Kowloon City Magistrates ‘Courts noong Sabado upang harapin ang charge ng isang bilang dahil sa trafficking ng mapanganib na droga.

Si Benoza Richard Marc Altares, isang holder ng Hong Kong Identity Card, ay dumating sa Hong Kong International Airport mula sa Bangkok, Thailand, Huwebes ng hapon kung saan natagpuan ng mga customs officers ang 17 packets na kanilang pinaghihinalaang ketamine na nakabalot bilang snack sa kanyang bagahe, ayon sa government release.

Ang mga ketamine ay may timbang na 4.2 kilo at may tinatayang halaga sa pamilihan na HK$2 milyon (US$254,915). Ang lalaking isang bartender, ay naaresto sa lugar at pagkatapos ay kinasuhan ng isang bilang ng drug trafficking.

Ang kanyang abugado sa pagtatanggol ay nag-aplay para sa cash bail na HK $ 2,000, ngunit tinanggihan ng mahistrado ang aplikasyon. Walang panawagan ang kinuha sa panahon ng pagdinig sa korte.

Ang nasasakdal ay na-remand sa pag-iingat hanggang sa ikalawang pagdinig sa West Kowloon’s Magistrates ‘Court noong Marso 27.

Sa ilalim ng Ordinansa ng Dangerous Drug, ang trafficking ng isang mapanganib na gamot ay isang malubhang pagkakasala. Ang pinakamataas na parusa sa hatol ay may multa na HK$5 milyon at pagkabilanggo habang buhay.

Original: Filipino man faces drug trafficking charge in Hong Kong

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