HK customs smash record S.American cocaine syndicate

July 7, 2012 07:28

HONG KONG - A joint operation by Hong Kong and US authorities, nicknamed 'Surfing Coke', has helped net the city's largest cocaine haul, worth around HK$760 million ($98 million).

In a statement released late on Friday, the Hong Kong government said its customs department had discovered 649 kg (1,425 pounds) of cocaine in a container shipped from Ecuador.

Disguised as blocks of laurel wood, officers found 22 nylon bags containing a total of 541 slabs of cocaine, with each slab weighing about 1.2 kg.

Three local men have been arrested and were to appear in court on Saturday. If convicted, they could face life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million for trafficking in a dangerous drug.

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