A 24-year-old female visitor from Tanzania was arrested by customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport on Thursday, for alleged drug trafficking.
According to a government release, the woman, who traveled to Hong Kong via Ethiopia, was found to be carrying around two kilograms of what is thought to be cocaine, inside a false compartment of her carry-on baggage.
That quantity of cocaine would have a street value of about HK$1.8 million (US$230,404).
Investigations also customs officials to arrest a 33-year-old woman at a hotel in Kowloon’s Tai Kwok Tsui. She is a domestic worker who is said to have been the drugs’ intended ‘receiver.’ Oriental Daily reports that she was later taken to her employer’s home on Minden Row, in Tsim Sha Tusi, but that nothing suspicious was found there.
The maximum penalty upon conviction under Hong Kong’s Dangerous Drugs Ordinance is a fine of US$5 million and life imprisonment.