A woman arriving at Hong Kong International Airport from Johannesburg, South Africa, fell afoul of customs officers who allegedly seized about 1.35 kilograms of cocaine she was smuggling in her lingerie.

The estimated market value of the confiscated drugs is about HK$1.51 million (US$192,800).

The 41-year-old woman, who claimed to be an engineer, was detained on Christmas Day at the airport after a big packet of suspected cocaine concealed in lingerie was allegedly found attached between her thighs.

She will face one count of drug trafficking and appear at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Court.

Officers said her nervous demeanor caught their attention when she went through customs clearance inside the airport’s arrival hall. She was intercepted and found to be wearing four lingerie items that allegedly contained a big pack of cocaine, according to the Oriental Daily News.

Investigators are tracing the source of the cocaine and potential local brokers or buyers.

Under Hong Kong’s Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, trafficking in a dangerous drug is a serious offense. The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of HK$5 million and life imprisonment.

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Hong Kong Customs seized about 1.35 kilograms of suspected cocaine with an estimated market value of about HK$1.51 million at Hong Kong International Airport on December 25, 2018. Photo: Handout