Customs officers at Hong Kong International Airport have made their biggest cannabis seizure in a decade, intercepting HK$12 million worth (roughly $1.5M USD) of the drug hidden in empty loudspeakers and airmailed from Canada, a senior official said on Thursday.
A 50-year-old driver with a logistics company was arrested when he arrived at the cargo terminal to pick up the consignment on Friday, but was later released and custom’s officers posing as delivery workers made a controlled delivery at the request of the receiver, although no further arrests were reported.
According to custom’s officials, the drugs were found hidden inside boxes containing speakers and were airmailed to Hong Kong from Toronto. At the airports cargo terminal, x rays revealed something was missing from the speakers. “It was empty inside the wooden cases of loudspeakers. No wirings or other installations were found inside the case,“superintendent Barry Chu Yin-min, head of the department’s drug investigation group, said.
“The wrappings were intended to evade frontline officers’ detection and prevent detective dogs from sniffing out the drug,” Chu said.
Inside each loudspeaker shell, officers found four slabs of the heady green stuffed in plastic bags and then wrapped in aluminium foil. Each slab weighed 550 grams, and the 128 pieces added up to about 70.4kg or 155lbs of the drug in total making it one of the largest drug seizures in more than a decade.
Hong Kong officials are working with Canadian Law Enforcement agencies to track down the sender of the goods, and anyone else who played a part in this drug smuggling attempt.They advised the investigation is continuing and further arrests are possible.