Date
22 November 2017
A Hong Kong judge turned down a plea for leniency on a man who committed a drug-trafficking offense under financial distress. Photo: HKEJ
A Hong Kong judge turned down a plea for leniency on a man who committed a drug-trafficking offense under financial distress. Photo: HKEJ

Man, 33, jailed for 22 years over attempt to ship ‘ice’ overseas

A 33-year-old man was sentenced to 22 years in jail by a Hong Kong court on Monday for attempting to send a large amount of methamphetamine through a courier delivery service. 

A judge pronounced the verdict after the defendant, a person surnamed Lee, admitted that he tried to ship 19.5 kilograms of meth, an illegal drug commonly known as “ice”, to Australia.   

The court heard earlier that Lee, who had been a part-time worker at the JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, took six boxes of goods to a DHL outlet on Dec. 5 last year and told the courier firm to deliver them to an address in Australia.

But the ploy didn’t work as the police received a tip-off and conducted a search on a DHL warehouse.

After finding the drugs, officers arrested Lee the next day from his flat in Choi Hung Estate in Kowloon’s Wong Tai Sin District, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Police officers found the boxes filled with methamphetamine, whose street value was estimated at more than HK$6 million.

During a hearing, a defense lawyer told the court that Lee was heavily in debt and that he was desperate for money, prompting him to commit a stupid act.

The court heard that Lee had agreed to send the packages on behalf of a former Marriott Hotel colleague in return for a reward of HK$1,200.

The lawyer asked the court for leniency for his client, saying Lee had no prior criminal record.

However, Judge Maggie Poon turned down the plea, arguing that the defendant deserves an aggravated sentence as it is a serious case that involved cross-border crime.

Lee is said to have a two-year-old daughter. The long prison sentence means that the girl will grow up without her father being around, Apple Daily noted.

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