On December 17, the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department stated that
a methamphetamine trafficking case was cracked
at the Hong Kong International Airport on December 5,
and about 110 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine were seized,
with an estimated market value of about HK $ 77 million.
This is the largest methamphetamine case
cracked by the Hong Kong Customs in the past ten years,
and the largest methamphetamine case cracked
by the Customs and Excise Department since its establishment.
The commander of the third group of air cargo of the Hong Kong Customs and Excise,
Zhu Jiaying, revealed that when the customs officers inspected the batch of goods called
“rubber beads”, the images of the three boxes passing through the X-ray machine were suspicious,
and there were two layers of different density materials.
When opening the three boxes of goods for inspection,
there was a strong softener smell.
It is believed that the criminals wanted to mask the methamphetamine smell with fragrance.
After the customs staff opened the box,
they found that there were plastic beads and styrofoam on the top of the box,
but there was another piece of paper in the box,
which covered another carton.
120 small plastic boxes were found in the three “box-in-box.”
Each plastic box is wrapped in plastic wrap,
and then sealed in small plastic boxes by two layers of vacuum bags.
Each box contains 0.92 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine,
a total of about 110 kilograms.
Zhu Jiaying said that
the biggest suspicious point of the goods is that “rubber beads” are very cheap,
not a Mexican specialty,
and are brought to Hong Kong from South America.