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A 36-year-old man was arrested for drug trafficking when he arrived in Hong Kong from Canada on Monday after he was found to be carrying cannabis buds worth HK$6.2 million (US$789,944).

The man, who arrived from Vancouver, Canada, was arrested after customs officers found 40 kilograms of suspected cannabis buds in his two suitcases, according to a government release.

The estimated market value of the seized cannabis buds was about HK$6.2 million.

The case is being followed up by the Customs Drugs Investigation Bureau, who charged the man with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug.

It was understood that the suspected cannabis buds were vacuum-packed and wrapped in a towel.

Officers are now investigating the sales channels of the suspected drugs and the background of the suspect.

After cannabis was legalized in Canada in October last year, police in Hong Kong busted a similar cannabis trafficking case, Oriental Daily reported. An 18-year-old man was arrested for trafficking cannabis buds with an estimated market value of HK$7 million in two suitcases when he returned from Canada.

The suspect told the police that he got the job on social media and that he was promised a free trip and payment of HK$100,000 (US$12,750).

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