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.
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