Man nabbed with cocaine in underpants

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Hong Kong - Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested a suspected drugs smuggler at the city airport with cocaine stuffed in his underpants.

The 63-year-old, who was not identified, was arrested after arriving from Sao Paulo, Brazil on Tuesday, the Customs and Excise Department said in a statement.

He was found to be carrying nearly two kilograms (more than four pounds) of the drugs in his “specially made underpants and a pair of shoes”, it added.

The haul was worth an estimated HK$2.2 million ($284,000), according to the department, adding that the man would appear in a local court on Thursday to face drugs trafficking charges.

He faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million if convicted.

The southern Chinese city made its biggest ever cocaine bust last September after seizing more than half a tonne of the drug. Eight people from the United States, Columbia and Mexico were detained.

Brazilian authorities said last year it would spend $2.2 billion to crack down on drug trafficking, particularly in border areas. - Sapa-AFP


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