- Hong Kong Police say that the cocaine, which was concealed inside her body.
- Customs officers picked the woman for inspection before escorting her to a local hospital for examination.
A Kenyan woman is currently being detained in Hong Kong for allegedly smuggling 1 kilogram of a narcotic substance believed to be cocaine into the Chinese city. Hong Kong Police say that the cocaine, which was concealed inside her body, was held in 67 pellets and has an estimated street value of Ksh.15.4 million.
The 35-year-old woman, who is said to have been acting suspiciously, was arrested on April 9, at the Hong Kong International Airport as she arrived in the Chinese city from Nairobi via Addis Ababa.
Inspected by Customs Officers
Customs officers picked the woman for inspection before escorting her to a local hospital for examination.
As she waited to be examined, the woman allegedly excreted the suspected drugs. She was arrested immediately after.
“As at April 10, the arrested woman has excreted 67 pellets of suspected cocaine weighing about 1 kg in total,” said Hong Kong’s Customs Excise Department in a statement.
She was charged at the West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts on April 11 with one count of trafficking a dangerous drug into Hong Kong.
“The maximum penalty upon conviction is a fine of HK$5 million (around Ksh.85 million) and life imprisonment,” said the Hong Kong Customs department.