The Hong Kong Customs intercepted two shipments from Mexico and Malaysia to Hong Kong at the airport and at the Lok Ma Chau control point on October 5 and 7. It was discovered that drug dealers used solar panels and cardboard boxes as a cover to smuggle methamphetamine and Heroin.
The customs seized 180 kilograms of methamphetamine and 14 kilograms of heroin, worth about 140 million yuan.
Customs Narcotics Investigation Bureau Airport Investigation Division Supervisor Li Wenle and Airport Division Air Cargo Group 3 Commander Zhu Jiaying explained the facts of the case. Officers found a batch of solar lights arriving in Hong Kong from Mexico during the air cargo selection process on October 5th. (Actually solar panels) goods.
According to past experience, very few solar panels come to Hong Kong from Mexico, which aroused suspicion by the personnel, so this batch of goods was selected for inspection.
When the personnel inspected a large wooden box, they found 5 solar panels inside.
The X-ray machine showed that the image was suspicious.
The personnel found that there were signs of prying on the back of the solar panel, and there were no wires or junction boxes inside, that is, it could not operate normally.
The personnel pried open at the same location and found a white plastic bag containing crystals.
After an ion analyzer and a rapid drug test, it was preliminarily confirmed that the white crystal had a positive reaction to methamphetamine.
The customs believes that drug dealers use hidden tactics to store drugs in the space of solar panels to increase the difficulty of law enforcement.
After counting, each solar panel contained 9 bags of methamphetamine, each of 4 kg, and 5 solar panels contained 45 bags of methamphetamine, a total of 180 kg, with a market value of 120 million Hong Kong dollars.
The Narcotics Investigation Division took over the investigation and arrested three men. Two were entrusted to pick up the goods at the airport, and one was the person in charge of the receiving company. The receiving company was a logistics company.
According to customs investigations, after the goods arrive in Hong Kong, the receiving company will arrange for the goods to be temporarily stored in a warehouse in Hong Kong, waiting for further instructions.
The three arrested have been released on bail pending further investigation.
The customs believes that the ice will be shipped to other countries, such as Australia.
The Customs will pay close attention to the methods of drug storage, and the logistics company industry should be vigilant. If anyone suspects that someone uses logistics services to engage in suspicious activities, they should immediately notify the Customs to avoid being involved.
15 boxes of express mail from Malaysia that arrived in Hong Kong by land, reportedly being plastic gloves but containing heroin.
(Photo by Cai Zhengbang)
In addition, Lin Miaozhu, commander of the third group of drug investigations of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau, explained another case.
Lin pointed out that yesterday (7th) customs officers at the Lok Ma Chau control point selected 15 boxes of express mail from Malaysia that arrived in Hong Kong by land based on risk assessment and intelligence analysis for further inspection. The goods were reported to be plastic gloves.
However, when the personnel checked with an X-ray machine, they found that the image was suspicious, the surface of the carton was uneven, and the weight was abnormal.
The personnel opened the cardboard boxes and checked and found that 700 grams of suspected heroin was hidden in the interlayer of each cardboard box, a total of 10.5 kilograms.
The Customs Drug Investigation Bureau took over the investigation and found 5 boxes of cardboard boxes from Malaysia in a warehouse in Tsuen Wan in the afternoon of the same day that used the same shipping information and storage methods. The officers seized 3.5 kilograms of heroin. It is believed that there were two cases. It does matter. There are 14 kilograms of heroin in 20 cartons of cartons, with a market value of 20 million Hong Kong dollars.
According to the information of the consignee, the customs believes that the drug dealer used a hotel in the busy district that had been suspended during the epidemic as the delivery address. After waiting for the arrival of the goods, the drug dealer contacted the courier company to change the delivery address and chose a hidden delivery address. Locally, conduct anti-surveillance operations to increase the difficulty of customs tracing.
The case is still under investigation, and it is not ruled out that someone will be arrested.