A 49-year-old Filipino pleaded guilty in the High Court in Hong Kong on Tuesday to one count of trafficking nearly two kilograms of cocaine.
The court heard that Carlito Platon, a seaman, disembarked from a cargo vessel that docked at Kwai Tsing Container Terminal in Kwai Chung in the New Territories on June 2, 2017, sunwebhk.com.hk reported.
Platon carried a backpack which had two pairs of shoe soles. He said somebody had asked him to deliver the soles to two Colombians, Cristhian Enrique Posso and Jose William Uribe, in Kowloon’s Yau Ma Tei.
Officers intercepted Platon and found the two shoe soles were made from molded cocaine. They also recovered US$10,000 from him.
Posso and Uribe were arrested in a follow-up operation on the same day. As well as the drug trafficking charge, the pair were also initially accused of obstruction when intercepted by law enforcers, but prosecutors later dropped those charges.
At a hearing in the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on October 26, prosecutors amended the trafficking charge and applied to transfer the case to the High Court after laboratory tests showed the cocaine seized weighed 1.98 kilograms.
High Court Justice Esther Toh deferred sentencing Platon until after the verdict on Posso and Uribe. Their trial started on Wednesday.