A 43-year-old woman was charged with three counts of drug trafficking at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday. The suspect, whose nationality was not disclosed, was arrested at an apartment in a private housing estate in Tsuen Wan on Tuesday, the New Territories, after a suspected drug parcel was intercepted by customs officers, according to a government release.
On May 1, customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport became suspicious of a parcel from Spain whose paperwork claimed it contained baby milk bottles, baby clothes and six boxes of infant formula.
An inspection found six bags of suspected ketamine weighing three kilograms in the infant formula boxes.
After investigating the case, customs officers arrested a foreign woman at her apartment in Tsuen Wan.
Another 8.8 kilograms of suspected liquid cocaine hidden inside 11 red wine bottles, a small amount of suspected ketamine and miscellaneous drug packaging paraphernalia were seized in the apartment, Sing Tao Daily reported.
The estimated market value of drugs seized was HK$10.2 million (US$1.3 million).
Customs officers will reportedly maintain close contact with Hongkong Post and the logistics industries to step up action against drug trafficking through postal or express courier channels.