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$3.1m Hong Kong airport cocaine bust

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Four women have been arrested at Hong Kong International Airport after the seizure of about 2.5 kilograms of suspected cocaine.

Hong Kong Customs discovered the suspected cocaine after an X-ray check on two suitcases carried by two women arriving from Manila, the Philippines, revealed suspicious images.

The suitcases had false compartments with four slabs of suspected cocaine concealed inside.

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Customs officers arrested the two women on Friday and then on Sunday, a further two women believed to be involved in the case were also arrested as they tried to depart Hong Kong at the airport.

The four women, aged 29 to 46, were jointly charged with one count of trafficking in a dangerous drug and were due to appear in court today.

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

Photographs courtesy Wikimedia Images; Hong Kong Customs

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