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Butcher busted with concealed substance in backpack

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A man claiming to be a butcher was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport with suspected cocaine, concealed in a backpack.

Hong Kong Customs seized 2.6kg of the suspected substance, with a street value of about HK$3 million.

The 20-year-old man had arrived from Colombia, via Sao Paulo, Brazil and Dubai on Tuesday.

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The man empty his rucksack for baggage examination, but Customs officers found the emptied bag abnormally heavy.

Suspicious images were also found on an X-ray check of the rucksack.

Subsequently five slabs of suspected cocaine were found concealed inside the false compartment of the rucksack.

The man, who claimed to be a butcher, was arrested and charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug. He was due to appear at Tsuen Wan Magistrates’ Courts yesterday.

Under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offence and the maximum penalty is life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million.

Photograph courtesy Hong Kong Customs

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