Hong Kong customs seized around HK$12 million of suspected cocaine weighing about 11 kilograms from a 51-year-old male air passenger on Sunday.

The man had entered from the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten via Paris, France, with the suspected drugs concealed in his wheelchair.

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Suspected cocaine seized on October 15, 2023, by Customs at the airport. Photo: GovHK.

“Customs officers found the batch of suspected cocaine concealed inside the interlinings of the cushions and the back of his check-in electric wheelchair. The man was subsequently arrested,” a Customs and Excise press release said on Sunday.

Those found to have trafficked dangerous drugs into Hong Kong face a maximum penalty of life in prison and a HK$5 million fine.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.