Customs officers in Hong Kong arrested two men on drug trafficking charges on Thursday after finding 250 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated valued of about HK$240 million (US$31 million) in their possession.
Acting on a tip-off, officers intercepted a 24-year-old foreign man in Kowloon’s To Kwa Wan on Thursday and found about 52 kilograms of cocaine inside his rucksack and suitcase, according to a government release.
Officers escorted the man to a residential premises nearby and a hotel room in Yau Ma Tei where a total of 168 kilograms of cocaine was found.
A 44-year-old man from Eastern Europe suspected of being connected with the case was arrested in Tsim Sha Tsui later that day. He was taken to an apartment nearby where about 30 kilograms of cocaine were confiscated.
The two foreign men, believed to be members of a transnational drug-trafficking syndicate, tried to evade authorities by posing as high-end tourists and using brand-name suitcases to transport the drugs through airports, Sing Tao Daily reported.
The drugs were believed to have been bought to the Asia-Pacific area by local triads. Cocaine is produced in South America and smuggled all over the world.