A Filipino merchant seaman was sentenced to nine years and two months in jail last Thursday for trafficking two kilograms of cocaine into Hong Kong.

On June 2 last year, Carlito B Platon, 49, disembarked from a cargo vessel that docked at Kwai Tsing Container Terminal in Kwai Chung in the New Territories. Plato carried a backpack that had two pairs of shoe soles, which were molded from cocaine, sunwebhk.com reported.

Platon said someone had asked him to deliver the soles to two Colombians, Cristhian Enrique Posso and Jose William Uribe, in Yau Ma Tei. When police intercepted Platon, they found him in possession of the soles and US$10,000 in cash.

The two Colombians were arrested in a follow-up operation and were accused of drug trafficking and obstruction, but prosecutors later dropped the 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.

Platon pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges. On Thursday at the High Court, Platon was sentenced to nine years and two months in jail.

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