Date
26 March 2017
This industrial blender (left) was seized by airport customs authorities last month. It was later found to contain 62 kilos of liquid cocaine worth HK$65 million. Photo: Hong Kong government, Ming Pao
This industrial blender (left) was seized by airport customs authorities last month. It was later found to contain 62 kilos of liquid cocaine worth HK$65 million. Photo: Hong Kong government, Ming Pao

Liquid cocaine worth HK$65 mln found in blending machine

Customs authorities have confirmed that an industrial blender impounded in Hong Kong airport last month contained liquid cocaine.

They seized about 62 kilos of the illegal drug, worth an estimated HK$65 million (US$8.38 million), Ming Pao Daily reports.

The 400-kilo machine was imported from Colombia through the United States.

It arrived in Hong Kong on Nov. 7 and immediately caught the attention of customs authorities because of its port of origin.

An X-ray scan found an unknown substance hidden in the machine.

Laboratory tests later confirmed it was liquid cocaine, officials said. 

Many goods imported from South America are laden with drugs, they said, citing recent experience.

Three men, aged 33 to 38, were arrested and released on bail.

One was a truck driver who was supposed to pick up the shipment.

The two other suspects are employees of a shell company, investigators said.

Police are looking for the mastermind and the consignee and trying to determine the intended destination of the shipment.

Airport customs officials have busted attempts to smuggle 146 kilos of cocaine, about half in liquid form, into Hong Kong this year.

That compares with 103 kilos seized last year.

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