1.8 tons of methamphetamine, worth more than $100 million: Hong Kong customs officials announced on Saturday that they have made the largest seizure of the hard drug in cans of coconut water from Mexico.
Customs officers discovered this large quantity of liquid methamphetamine hidden in coconut water-filled containers bound for Australia. Packages of coconut water from Mexico are extremely rare…the last one in 2016 weighed just 6kg, said customs official Fong Heung-wing, making the shipment’s size suspect.
‘We believe high purity liquid meth originated in South America. It was packaged there, sent by airmail to Hong Kong and then sent to Australia,” said Commissioner Lee Ka-ming, head of the Hong Kong Customs Narcotics Investigation Bureau.
According to Hong Kong authorities, the shipments often come from a large international drug-trafficking network in response to an increase in drug seizures involving methamphetamine. No one has been arrested so far.
The arrival of the goods was notified to Hong Kong Customs through the Inter-Country Exchange of Information. The contraband, worth a total of about $140 million, was found in a container with other items and was identified by X-ray last Sunday.
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