Hong Kong customs officers have seized HK$126 million (US$16.2 million) of cocaine. The drugs were hidden in a shipment of South American grapes bound for mainland China from Peru. They were discovered on Tuesday after customs inspected three consignments consisting of 14 containers of grapes that were transported from Peru to Ecuador, then through stops in South Korea, Taiwan and Guangdong province.
After an X-ray examination showed suspicious images in one of the containers, this was then opened for further examination at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination compound that same day.
During the inspection, brick-shaped items were found in two nylon bags located along the side of the container doors and in front of numerous boxes of grapes, according to Superintendent Lee Ka-ming of customs’ drug investigation bureau.
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