customs of Hong Kong seized 1.8 tons of methamphetamine from Mexico in cans of coconut water, worth $140 million, authorities announced Saturday.
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Customs officers discovered this large quantity of liquid methamphetamine hidden in cans of coconut water destined for Australia.
Shipments “of coconut water from Mexico are very unusual (…) the last time it was in 2016 and it only weighed six kilos,” explained Fong Heung-wing, a customs official, specifying that the size of the load raised suspicions.
“We think that the liquid methamphetamine, of great purity, comes from Latin America. There it was packed and shipped through a tortuous route to be shipped to Australia,” said Commissioner Lee Ka-ming.
The cargo most likely comes from a large drug trafficking network, according to Hong Kong authorities, which are confronted with growing drug seizures involving methamphetamine.
So far there have been no arrests.
The contraband, worth $140 million, was found in a container and X-rayed last Sunday.
With information from AFP