Customs authorities seized HK$13.8 million worth of liquid cocaine found in a shipment of dragon fruits at the Hong Kong International Airport.
The drugs, weighing 13.3 kilograms, had been injected into 98 emptied yellow pitahayas, which were part of a shipment of 51 packs of the fruit that originated from Colombia and passed through London, Apple Daily reports.
Agents of the Customs Drug Investigation Bureau intercepted the haul at the cargo terminal of the airport on Sunday following a tip from intelligence sources.
Each fruit contained 135 grams of the drug.
A 36-year-old man reportedly working at a logistics company was arrested at the terminal while picking up the shipment. He was detained overnight at the Customs headquarters in North Point.
Customs agents said the concealment of the drugs in fruits was a rare practice in drug trafficking: each fruit had to be emptied of its pulp so that it could serve as a container of liquid cocaine, after which the hole created had to be sealed by means of glue.
Yellow pitahaya, also known as yellow dragon fruit, is highly nutritious with high fiber content. It originated from Central and South America.
The local market imports the fruit from Colombia and Ecuador.
Translation by Chloe Chow
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