Opium-soaked dresses seized
Customs officers have found clothes soaked with opium valued at HK$100,000 in a parcel at the airport's express cargo terminal - the first time opium has been found smuggled this way.
The discovery was made when customs officers inspected a parcel declared as "cotton woven dresses" being transshipped from Laos to the United States. They became suspicious of the smell from the clothes and tests confirmed they were soaked with opium.
Since September 2009, airport customs have detected six attempts to traffic opium to the United States.
In August 2009, customs arrested an incoming passenger at the airport for bringing in clothing soaked with cocaine solvent.
Customs has boosted enforcement action at all control points in support of the government's strategy to combat drugs, with officers on high alert to foil attempts by drug traffickers to take advantage of the heavy flow of passengers and cargo at the control points.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010