HK customs seize 649 kilos of drugs

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Hong Kong customs officers have made the city's biggest ever cocaine bust, seizing 649 kilograms (1,430 pounds) of the drug worth 76 million Hong Kong dollars ($98 million).

Customs officials said on Friday that the drugs were in a shipping container that arrived from Ecuador.

The container was one of a batch that the US Drug Enforcement Administration had flagged up to Hong Kong officials for further inspection. Customs officers followed the shipment as it was driven to a collection point in Hong Kong's suburbs before arresting the driver and two men they believe are members of a local drug syndicate.

Officials believe most of the drugs were destined for Southeast Asia or China. The seizure tops a haul last year of 560 kilograms of cocaine worth about $77 million. - Sapa-AP

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