A 23-year-old man was arrested at the Hong Kong airport Tuesday night for attempting to smuggle crystal methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice”, onto a flight bound for Australia.
The man, said to be an unemployed person bearing the surname Yim, had disguised the banned substance by shaping it into porcelain-like plates, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Inspectors from the Narcotics Bureau stopped Yim after he finished his check-in procedure at an airline counter at about 8 pm.
An examination revealed that Yim, who was traveling alone, had two bulky metallic-colored porcelain plates in his carry-on baggage.
Breaking the plates, officers found a white powder spill out and release a pungent acidic odor. It turned out that the plates were actually made of crystal meth.
The officers then led the man away for an interrogation.
Authorities disclosed later that the seized substance weighed 5.2 kilograms in total and had a street value of about HK$1.64 million (US$215,980) in Hong Kong.
The meth can be sold for ten times the price once it reaches Australia.
A senior inspector said the man admitted that he was trying to earn money by transporting the drugs.
In a separate case Tuesday night, authorities in Mong Kok arrested a British man, 51, and a Thai woman, 46, for possession of crystal meth, hashish, cocaine, and pills classified as Part I Poison.
The drugs were found after a raid on two apartments belonging to the man.
The seized substances, which were worth about HK$900,000, were being readied for distribution in the city when the police swooped in.
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